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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Efficient  \Ef*fi"cient\,  a.  [L.  efficiens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of 
  efficere  to  effect:  cf  F.  efficient.  See  {Effect},  n.] 
  Causing  effects;  producing  results;  that  makes  the  effect  to 
  be  what  it  is  actively  operative;  not  inactive,  slack,  or 
  incapable;  characterized  by  energetic  and  useful  activity; 
  as  an  efficient  officer,  power. 
 
  The  efficient  cause  is  the  working  cause  --Wilson. 
 
  Syn:  Effective;  effectual;  competent;  able;  capable; 
  material;  potent. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Efficient  \Ef*fi"cient\,  n. 
  An  efficient  cause  a  prime  mover. 
 
  God  .  .  .  moveth  mere  natural  agents  as  an  efficient 
  only.  --Hooker. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  efficient 
  adj  1:  being  effective  without  wasting  time  or  effort  or  expense; 
  "an  efficient  production  manager";  "efficient  engines 
  save  gas"  [ant:  {inefficient}] 
  2:  able  to  accomplish  a  purpose;  functioning  effectively; 
  "people  who  will  do  nothing  unless  they  get  something  out 
  of  it  for  themselves  are  often  highly  effective 
  persons..."-G.B.Shaw;  "effective  personnel";  "an  efficient 
  secretary";  "the  efficient  cause  of  the  revolution"  [syn: 
  {effective}] 




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