Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    See In effect.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The result which 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 phrases "take effect," "be in force," "go into operation," etc., have been used interchangeably ever since the organization of the state. Maize v. State, 4 Ind. 342.