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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-i-fek-choo-uh l]
    • /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-i-fek-choo-uh l]
    • /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl/

Definitions of ineffectuality word

  • adjective ineffectuality not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy. 1
  • adjective ineffectuality unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual. 1
  • adjective ineffectuality powerless; impotent. 1
  • noun ineffectuality The state or condition of being ineffectual. 1

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Origin of ineffectuality

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at in-3, effectual

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Parts of speech for Ineffectuality


ineffectuality popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ineffectuality usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ineffectuality

noun ineffectuality

  • self-emptying — containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents: an empty bottle.
  • ineffectiveness — not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.
  • fruitless — useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
  • unprofitable — being without profit; not showing or turning a profit: a series of unprofitable ventures.
  • idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.

Antonyms for ineffectuality

noun ineffectuality

  • competence — Competence is the ability to do something well or effectively.

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