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Definition of Effect


  1. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
  2. Manifestation; expression; sign.
  3. In general: That which is produced by an agent or cause; the event which follows immediately from an antecedent, called the cause; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as, the effect of luxury.
  4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
  5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect.
  6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to.
  7. The purport; the sum and substance.
  8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
  9. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects.
  10. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
  11. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.

Effect Quotations

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

I love that feeling of being in love, the effect of having butterflies when you wake up in the morning. That is special.
Jennifer Aniston

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.
Paul Bloom

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
Edgar Allan Poe
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Effect Translations

effect in Afrikaans is effek, uitslag, impak, indruk
effect in Danish is resultat, udfald
effect in Dutch is indruk, effect
effect in Finnish is teho
effect in French is effet
effect in German is Ergebnis, Eindruck, Wirkung
effect in Italian is effetto
effect in Latin is efficio, praesentia presentia, impetro, effectus
effect in Norwegian is virkning, effekt
effect in Portuguese is efeito
effect in Spanish is efecto
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