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1    weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement  
an effete academic     
2    exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent  
3    (of animals or plants) no longer capable of reproduction  
     (C17: from Latin effetus having produced young, hence, exhausted by bearing, from fetus having brought forth; see fetus)  
  effetely      adv  
  effeteness      n  
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1    corrupt, debased, decadent, decayed, decrepit, degenerate, dissipated, enervated, enfeebled, feeble, ineffectual, overrefined, spoiled, weak  
2    burnt out, drained, enervated, exhausted, played out, spent, used up, wasted, worn out  
3    barren, fruitless, infecund, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductive, unprolific  

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