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As a verb, to do; to produce; to make; to bring to pass; to execute; enforce; accomplish. As a noun, that which is produced by an agent or cause; result; outcome; consequence. The result that an instrument between parties will produce in their relative rights, or which a statute will produce upon the existing law, as discovered from the language used, the forms employed, or other materials for construing it. The operation of a law, of an agreement, or an act. The phrases take effect, be in force, and go into operation, are used interchangeably.

In the plural, a person's effects are the real and Personal Property of someone who has died or who makes a will.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

EFFECT. The operation of a law, of an agreement, or an act, is called its effect.
     2. By the laws of the United States, a patent cannot be granted for an effect only, but it may be for a new mode or application of machinery to produce effects. 1 Gallis. 478; see 4 Mason, 1; Pet. C. C. R. 394; 2 N. H. R. 61.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'As these women grew older, they were more likely to need more antibiotics, and sometimes for longer periods of time, which suggests a cumulative effect may be the reason for the stronger link in older age between antibiotic use and cardiovascular disease.'
Whether there is any cumulative effect or not is totally unknown.
CJTF-OIR maintains that one airstrike count "means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location." However it can also mean a single aircraft launched a single missile, the report noted.
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It''s a beautiful experience that brings art to life, with the cumulative effect being that playing becomes akin to stepping into an interactive painting.
The cumulative effect of these changes means that the Commission has requested an increase of the GNI-based (gross national income) own resource, ie national contributions, by 1.47 billion.
Presence of the embassy has cumulative effect and contributes to mutual knowledge," said Isaev.
The White I louse on March 20 issued a memo to the heads of all federal agencies reminding them of a January 2011 Executive Order (13563) that calls on them to consider the cumulative effect of new and existing rules, and to identify opportunities to streamline and harmonize multiple rules.
and Europe in 2001 after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was concerned about the cumulative effect of mercury-containing vaccines on children who receive routine immunizations.
It's the cumulative effect of many, many properties."
For full year 2007 the company reported a net profit of USD427m, or USD4.52 per diluted share, which compares to a net profit before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle of USD303m, or USD3.32 per diluted share for the full year 2006.

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