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EFFECT', noun [Latin effectus, from efficio; ex and facio, to make.]

1. That which is produced by an agent or cause; as the effect of luxury; the effect of intemperance.

Poverty, disease and disgrace are the natural effects of dissipation.

2. Consequence; event.

To say that a composition is imperfect, is in effect to say the author is a man.

3. Purpose; general intent.

They spoke to her to that effect 2 Chronicles 34:22.

4. Consequence intended; utility; profit; advantage.

Christ is become of no effect to you. Galatians 5:4.

5. Force; validity. The obligation is void and of no effect

6. Completion; perfection.

Not so worthily to be brought to heroical effect by fortune or necessity.

7. Reality; not mere appearance; fact.

No other in effect than what it seems.

8. In the plural, effects are goods; movables; personal estate. The people escaped from the town with their effects.

EFFECT', verb transitive [from the Noun.] To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be. The revolution in France effected a great change of property.

1. To bring to pass; to achieve; to accomplish; as, to effect an object or purpose.