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From the participle stem of Renaissance Latin effectuare, or its source, Latin effectus (effect); probably after Middle French effectuer.


effectuate (third-person singular simple present effectuates, present participle effectuating, simple past and past participle effectuated)

  1. (transitive) To cause, bring about (an event); to accomplish, to carry out (a wish, plan etc.). [from 16th c.]
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, chapter 88, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volume III, London: Harrison and Co., [], →OCLC:
      [T]he next necessary step was to elude the vigilance of my guard: and in this manner did I effectuate my purpose.
    • 2022 January 11, Charles Lane, “Opinion: On vaccine mandates, the Supreme Court is doing a job Congress should have finished long ago”, in The Washington Post[1]:
      A military draft derives from Congress’s power to raise armies; federal jury duty effectuates the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial.

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