The definition of ineffectual is not productive or not working correctly.
An example of something ineffectual is a cell phone that constantly breaks.
- Not producing the desired effect: an ineffectual treatment for indigestion. See Synonyms at futile.
- Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; inadequate or incompetent: an ineffectual ruler; ineffectual in dealing with a problem.
- in′ef·fec′tu·al′i·ty in′ef·fec′tu·al·ness
(comparative more ineffectual, superlative most ineffectual)
in- "not" + effectual "having effect"
- This battle ended a long series of ineffectual operations.
- Far from submitting to the papal breve, the ex-Jesuits, after some ineffectual attempts at direct resistance, withdrew into the territories of the free-thinking sovereigns of Russia and Prussia, Frederick II.
- The most remarkable military events of this period were (1) the siege and destruction of the oasis of Zaatcha, where the inhabitants, displeased by an alteration in the tax on palms, rose at the voice of a fanatic named Bu-Zian; (2) the ineffectual campaign of Marshal Saint Arnaud in Little Kabylia, where the tribes rose at the instigation of Bu-Magla (" the mule man ") in 1851.
- Her kicks were ineffectual against the guardsman's chainmail, and his sword plunged into her chest.
- - South Carolina, finding other means of seizing or regaining Fort Sumter at Charleston ineffectual, ushered in the great struggle by the bombardment of the 12th of April 1861.