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    efficacious and effective

    in what situation do we use "efficacious" and " effective"

    For example.

    1) This temple is very efficacious. whenever we pray something, we're going to get what we want.
    Correct? efficacious or effective.

    2) This medication is very effective/efficacious. effective or efficacious?

    thanks

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    Re: efficacious and effective

    Quote Originally Posted by wuminh View Post
    in what situation do we use "efficacious" and " effective"

    For example.

    1) This temple is very efficacious. whenever we pray something, we're going to get what we want.
    Correct? efficacious or effective.

    2) This medication is very effective/efficacious. effective or efficacious?

    thanks
    All these are relative synonyms:

    Effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient
    refer to that which is able to produce a (desired) effect.
    Effective is applied to that which has the power to, or which actually does, produce an effect: an effective action, remedy, speech.
    Effectual is used esp. of that which produces the effect desired or intended, or a decisive result: An effectual bombardment silenced the enemy.
    Efficacious suggests the capability of achieving a certain end: an efficacious plan, medicine.
    Efficient (applied also to persons) implies the skillful use of energy or industry to accomplish desired results with little waste of effort: efficient methods; an efficient manager.

    effective - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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