to that effect


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Related to to that effect: affect, to that end

to that effect

Having that general or effective meaning. She said she could go out with me when she had more time this summer, or words to that effect, anyway. His business deals with communication solutions for business or something to that effect. She has long championed the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and she is organizing a public awareness campaign to that effect this fall.
See also: effect, that

something to that effect

something like that just mentioned. She said she wouldn't be available until after three, or something to that effect. I was told to keep out of the houseor something to that effect.
See also: effect, that

to that effect

With that basic or general meaning, as in He said he was very worried, or words to that effect. This term is also put as to the effect that when introducing a clause, as in She was a little vague but said something to the effect that she'd repay the loan very soon . [Mid-1600s]
See also: effect, that