- An example of something effectual is a bet about losing weight causing someone to stick to a diet.
- An example of something effectual is a binding lease that keeps someone from being evicted.
The definition of effectual is someone or something that is doing what it was intended to do, or has legal force.
- producing, or able to produce, the desired effect
- having legal force; valid
Origin of effectualMiddle English from Old French effectuel from Medieval Latin effectualis
Producing or sufficient to produce a desired effect. See Synonyms at effective.
Origin of effectualMiddle English effectuel from Old French from Late Latin effectuālis from Latin effectus result, effect ; see effect .
(comparative more effectual, superlative most effectual)
From Old French effectuel, from Late Latin effectualis.