efficacious




When you really want to do something right, really nail it, really get at what you were going for — you’re trying to be efficacious, or produce the effect you intended.

The word efficacious is made up of the Latin efficere meaning “accomplish” and the suffix -ious meaning “full of.” Something that’s efficacious is full of accomplishment. An efficacious medicine is one that cures you of the ailment you had. An efficacious recipe is one that comes out the way you intended it to taste. Remember that efficacious has two fs and two cs in it and you’ll be efficacious in your spelling of the word.

Definitions of efficacious
  1. adjective

    marked by qualities giving the power to produce an intended effect

    “”written propaganda is less
    efficacious than the habits and prejudices…of the readers”-Aldous Huxley”
    “the medicine is
    efficacious in stopping a cough”
    Synonyms:

    effective, effectual

    producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
    effective

    works well as a means or remedy
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    Antonyms:

    inefficacious

    lacking the power to produce a desired effect
    ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective

    not producing an intended effect
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  2. adjective

    producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

    “an
    efficacious law”
    synonyms:
    effective, effectual

    hard-hitting, trenchant

    characterized by or full of force and vigor
    impelling

    markedly effective as if by emotional pressure
    impressive, telling

    producing a strong effect
    rough-and-ready

    crude but effective for the purpose at hand
    efficient

    being effective without wasting time or effort or expense
    potent, stiff, strong

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    powerful

    having great power or force or potency or effect
    useful, utile

    being of use or service
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    Antonyms:

    ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective

    not producing an intended effect
    idle

    not in action or at work
    toothless

    lacking necessary force for effectiveness
    unproductive

    not producing desired results
    inefficacious

    lacking the power to produce a desired effect
    inefficient

    not producing desired results; wasteful
    powerless

    lacking power
    useless

    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
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