in effect

[in effect] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. The same in meaning or result.

The teacher gave the same assignment, in effect, that she gaveyesterday.

Helping your mother with the dishes is in effectearning your allowance.

2. Necessary to obey; being enforced.

Thecoach says that players must be in bed by midnight, and that rule isin effect tonight.

Syn.: IN FORCE.