What’s the difference between efficient and effective? When should I use what? Are they synonyms?
Lately I have heard effective used instead of efficient. I use effective only as in “the cease-fire was effective immediately“.
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I hope somebody can explain how they use the words. According to my dictionary there is no (or very small) difference between them.
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I would say efficient is a way to describe achieving maximum productivity/ getting the most out of something. A good synonym for this could be productive or well-organised.
Whereas effective describes being successful or achieving an intended result. A synonym for this could be potent, successful or functional.
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Great clarification Leia! Couldn’t have said it better
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Aha, that has been hard for me, as a non-English native, to understand. Thanks!
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