ineffectual


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Synonyms for ineffectual

Synonyms for ineffectual

not having the desired effect

having no useful purpose

not capable of accomplishing anything

Synonyms for ineffectual

not producing an intended effect

producing no result or effect

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lacking in power or forcefulness

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And glad should we be, could we inform the reader that both these bodies had been attended with equal success; for those who undertook the care of the lady succeeded so well, that, after the fit had continued a decent time, she again revived, to their great satisfaction: but as to the captain, all experiments of bleeding, chafing, dropping, &c., proved ineffectual. Death, that inexorable judge, had passed sentence on him, and refused to grant him a reprieve, though two doctors who arrived, and were fee'd at one and the same instant, were his counsel.
Once when she was alone, and after watching a prolonged and ineffectual outburst on the part of the baker, Eliza- beth Willard put her head down on her long white hands and wept.
The determination was the result of long years of quiet and rather ineffectual thinking.
No one was in sight, and not a sound came from the open windows of the house: a grizzled Newfoundland dozing before the door seemed as ineffectual a guardian as the arrowless Cupid.
I tried medicine and exercise, but it was useless, and my father came to take my letters off my hands while I gave myself some ineffectual respites.
He got no commendation, however, for this equitable distribution of his patronage; people were disposed to regard it as an ineffectual attempt to conceal his possession of so much money.
"Why, Aunt Polly, I can't get up," she moaned, falling back on the pillow, after an ineffectual attempt to lift herself.
He was seeking through his outer coat pockets, after an ineffectual search in the inner one.
To make himself the one trusted friend, to whom should be confided all the fear, the remorse, the agony, the ineffectual repentance, the backward rush of sinful thoughts, expelled in vain!
He possessed himself of a sword belonging to one of the domestics, who was just drawing it with a tardy and irresolute hand, laid it about him like a lion, drove back several who approached him, and made a brave though ineffectual attempt to succour his master.
To the proofs and remarks which former papers have brought into view on this subject, it may be added that without this supplemental provision, the great and essential power of regulating foreign commerce would have been incomplete and ineffectual. A very material object of this power was the relief of the States which import and export through other States, from the improper contributions levied on them by the latter.
The Ripley gunners, unseasoned artillery volunteers who ought never to have been placed in such a position, fired one wild, premature, ineffectual volley, and bolted on horse and foot through the deserted village, while the Martian, without using his Heat-Ray, walked serenely over their guns, stepped gin- gerly among them, passed in front of them, and so came unexpectedly upon the guns in Painshill Park, which he destroyed.
Maybe she should gather a bunch of like-minded left-leaning righties alongside a bunch of rightleaning lefties and, in the face of the now ineffectual, irrelevant Lib Dems, set up a party for the middle ground that we can actually vote for.
In his column, 'The problem is poverty' (Opinion, 11/8/18), Peter Wallace said something about the 'ineffectual rule' of the last administration, referring to former President Noynoy Aquino, while heaping praises on President Duterte.
With men absent or ineffectual, women are multi-tasking homemakers and carers who deal with illness, job security and work stress, so there are various giants being killed here.