in effect

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in effect (not comparable)

  1. Operating or functioning; in force; in play.
    Until the new guidelines come out, the old rules are still in effect.

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in effect (not comparable)

  1. For all practical purposes; in practice; actually; essentially; basically.
    Synonyms: effectively; see also Thesaurus:fundamentally
    • 2007, The Guardian, Aug 21 2007, George Monbiot.
      Separated from the rest of Heathrow, this would, in effect, be a second airport.