Producing, or having adequate power or force to produce, an intended effect; adequate; efficient; operative; decisive. "Effectual steps for the suppression of the rebellion." (Macaulay) Effectual calling, a doctrine concerning the work of the Holy Spirit in producing conviction of sin and acceptance of salvation by Christ, one of the five points of Calvinism. See Calvinism.

Synonyms: Effectual, Efficacious, Effective.

An efficacious remedy is had recourse to, and proves effective if it does decided good, effectual if it does all the good desired.

See: Effect.

(01 Mar 1998)

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