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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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Crowder, 1976, "A Serial Position Effect in Recall of United States Presidents," Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 8, 275-278.
Analyzing position effects within reasoning items using the LLTM for structurally incomplete data.
Reducing the limb position effect in pattern recognition based myoelectric control using a high density electrode array.
There were the expected serial position effects (F (8,176) = 48.27, p < .0005) and a serial position x condition interaction (F(8, 176) = 2.45; p < .05) the source of which was the marginally superior performance in the suppression-only condition in the early serial positions.
(ii) The serial position effect simply reflects the rank order in which the items in the series are learned (which is different from their serial order of presentation).
Exploit the serial position effect and the laws of primacy and recency by putting your most meaningful list items in the first and last list positions.
It is also consistent with serial-order researchers' practice of holding the length of a series constant while examining position effect (e.g., McKinney, 1935; Blankenship and Whitely, 1941).
The position and task main effects were clearly significant; MANOVA with repeated measures; Rao's f-approximation; for the position effect: F(2, 23) = 8.56, p [less than] .002; for the task effect: F(3, 22) = 6.40, p [less than] .003; but neither the experience effect, F(1,24) = 0.30, p [greater than] .5, nor any interaction were significant.
After a historical treatise on the field, the general attributes and telomeres and telomerases and the relation of telomere biology to human health are discussed in chapters on the telomerase ribonucleoprotein particle, telomerase biochemistry and biogenesis, telomerase and human cancer, modeling cancer and aging in the telomerase-deficient mouse, telomerase deficiency and human disease, telomerase-independent maintenance of mammalian telomeres, telomerase-independent telomere maintenance in yeas, meiotic telomeres, telomere position effect, and telomere structural biology.

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