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 for ineffectual
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ineffectual \In`ef*fec"tu*al\ (?; 135), a.
     Not producing the proper effect; without effect; inefficient;
     weak; useless; futile; unavailing; as, an ineffectual
     attempt; an ineffectual expedient. --Pope.
     [1913 Webster]
           The peony root has been much commended, . . . and yet
           has been by many found ineffectual.      --Boyle.
     Syn: Inefficient; useless; inefficacious; vain; fruitless;
          unavailing; futile. See Useless, Inefficacious.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective
             teacher"; "ineffective legislation" [syn: ineffective,
             uneffective, ineffectual] [ant: effective,
             effectual, efficacious]
      2: producing no result or effect; "a futile effort"; "the
         therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an
         unavailing attempt" [syn: futile, ineffectual, otiose,
      3: lacking in power or forcefulness; "an ineffectual ruler";
         "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes" [syn: ineffective,
         ineffectual, unable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "ineffectual":
     abortive, acarpous, aimless, arid, barren, bootless, borne,
     celibate, childless, counterproductive, desert, desolate, drained,
     dried-up, dry, effete, emasculate, empty, etiolated, exhausted,
     failed, failing, fallow, fatuitous, fatuous, featherweight,
     feckless, forceless, fruitless, futile, gaunt, gelded,
     ill-qualified, impotent, inadequate, inane, incapable, incompetent,
     ineffective, inefficacious, inefficient, infecund, infertile,
     inoperative, invalid, invertebrate, issueless, jejune, lame,
     leached, lightweight, limited, maladjusted, manque, mean,
     meaningless, menopausal, miscarried, miscarrying, narrow, no go,
     no-account, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific,
     not equal to, not up to, nugacious, nugatory, of no account,
     of no effect, of no force, of no use, paltry, pointless, powerless,
     purposeless, set, sine prole, small, spineless, sterile, stickit,
     stillborn, successless, sucked dry, superfluous, teemless, unable,
     unadapted, unadjusted, unauthoritative, unavailable, unavailing,
     uncultivated, unequipped, unfertile, unfit, unfitted, unfortunate,
     unfruitful, unplowed, unproductive, unprolific, unqualified,
     unsown, unsuccessful, untilled, useless, vain, virgin, waste,
     wasted, weak, without any weight, without issue

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