INEFFECT'UAL, a. [in and effectual.] Not producing its proper effect, or not able to produce its effect; inefficient; weak; as an ineffectual remedy; the Spaniards made an ineffectual attempt to reduce Gibraltar. [See Inefficacious.]
adj. 1 a without effect. b not producing the desired or expected effect. 2 (of a person) lacking the ability to achieve results (an ineffectual leader). Derivatives: ineffectuality n. ineffectually adv. ineffectualness n. Etymology: ME f. med.L ineffectualis (as IN-(1), EFFECTUAL)
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.
If someone or something is ineffectual, they fail to do what they are expected to do or are trying to do. The mayor had become ineffectual in the struggle to clamp down on drugs.ADJ • ineffectuallyHer voice trailed off ineffectually.ADV