Ineffectual

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Ineffectual Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    ineffectual adj
  1. not sufficient to produce a desired result; "an ineffectual effort to block the legislation" [ant: effectual]
  2. not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation" [syn: ineffective, uneffective] [ant: effective]
  3. producing no result or effect; "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt" [syn: futile, otiose, unavailing]
  4. lacking in power or forcefulness; "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes" [syn: ineffective, unable]
Ineffectual Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Ineffectual \In`ef*fec"tu*al\ (?; 135), a. Not producing the proper effect; without effect; inefficient; weak; useless; futile; unavailing; as, an ineffectual attempt; an ineffectual expedient. --Pope. The peony root has been much commended, . . . and yet has been by many found ineffectual. --Boyle. Syn: Inefficient; useless; inefficacious; vain; fruitless; unavailing; futile. See Useless, Inefficacious.
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      Two “completely ineffectual” Tory councillors came under fire from their colleagues at the final council meeting of the term as the party’s rift widened. Read more on this news related to 'Ineffectual'
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