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in effect

1. Basically; in actuality. In effect, Hannah's been managing our department this whole time, just without a fancy title.
2. Having begun operating or taken effect. The new government has vowed to put several policies in effect, aimed at helping struggling citizens get by. The new law will be in effect on the first of January.
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in effect

producing a particular effect; effectively. In effect, this new law will raise taxes for most people. This policy harms domestic manufacturers. In effect, all our clothing will be made in foreign countries.
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in effect

1. For all practical purposes, as in This testimony in effect contradicted her earlier statement. [Late 1500s]
2. In or into operation, as in This law will be in effect in January. Related phrases include go into effect and take effect, which mean "become operative," as in This law goes into effect January 1, or It takes effect January 1. Similarly, put into effect means "make operative," as in When will the judge's ruling be put into effect? [Late 1700s] Also see in force, def. 2.
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in efˈfect

in actual practice; in fact: They may seem different, but in effect, the two systems are almost identical.
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in effect

In essence; to all purposes: testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.
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It was his 1978 show Dancin' that Fosse, in effect, suggested a new theatrical genre, the dance musical.
You will most likely be looking at a five-year lease for a small rooftop antenna, with the service provider seeking several five-year renewal options, with longer terms generally in effect for inside building wiring and antenna towers because they require a substantial capital investment to build and maintain.
The list had been developed in the late 1980s by two INS agents to provide some guidance to private companies developing a history and civics course that illegal immigrants were allowed to take in order to become legal under a special amnesty law then in effect. (The illegals also had the option of taking an INS administered test based on the list.) Although the 100 questions on the list were derived from the material in the INS' history and civics textbooks, they had never been intended to serve as an appropriate measure of an applicant's qualifications for citizenship.
"We are in effect saying we'd rather see young people in gangs than in schools.
Her prank in effect legitimated the idea that one could play at being Japanese but that in the real world people dressed in European clothes.
New York New Jersey, and the six New England states passed auto emission standards equal to the tough regulations already in effect in California, Texas has 90 percent of its public vehicles running on compressed natural gas, and New Jersey has announced a Global Climate Initiative.