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  • Nope! Effect, when used as a verb, means to bring about. In the Decl. of Ind., it means that we should organize our powers in such a way as to bring about the safety and happiness of our citizenry. It has the same meaning today, and while it is less used, it is not antiquated.

    Of course, the original post needed the noun version of effect, meaning an actual change, as opposed to “affect” as a noun, which means demeanor. As opposed to “affect” as a verb, which means to have an effect on…

    Anyway, please pardon me. I’m grading papers right now, so I’m in full-on pedant mode.

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