effectual late 14c., O.Fr. effectuel, from L.L. effectualis, from L. effectus "accomplishment, performance" (see EFFECT (Cf. effect)). Used properly of actions (not agents) and with a sense "having the effect aimed at." Related: Effectually; effectuality.

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