I routinely hear the word "efficate" being used. For example, "The most powerful way to efficate a change in the system is to participate."

I do not find entries for this word in common English dictionaries, but I do not have an unabridged dictionary.

I have checked the OED (I'm not sure if it is considered unabridged), and it has no entry for "efficate". It does have an entry for "efficiate", which is used in the same way.

Wordnik has an entry for "efficate" with over 1800 hits, thus providing some evidence for the frequency of use.

I personally like the word and find the meaning very clear and obvious when others use it.

If it's not currently an "officially documented" word, perhaps its continued use will result in it being better documented.

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    Are you sure you are not thinking of effect or effectuate? – Tim Lymington Oct 26 '14 at 22:57
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it just looks like an attempt to promote a non-standard term. Even OP's own link to Wordnik says Sorry, no definitions found. (It's not in the full OED, btw.) – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '14 at 23:04
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    @FumbleFingers - no I'm not promoting anything (unless I get royalties). The question is clearly written in the title, with relevant details provided in the text. Lighten up. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 26 '14 at 23:08
  • @TimLymington - Great question. I'm definitely not thinking of either word (nor hearing it incorrectly, to my knowledge), although I think the speakers may be using an evolutionary form of the word "effectuate". That word would be used in the same manner. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 26 '14 at 23:11
  • @RockPaperLizard: I'm not exactly spitting blood! You're welcome to like the "word" if you like. I could have closevoted as Primarily Opinion-based, but this one is so far away from being a valid word to most people that I thought I'd go a bit further. When I Google it, the first result is your linked "user proposal" to add it to Wordnik. The second is just a web crawler site, the third is a moribund Facebook page Quahaha'ing so hard until you efficate (probably s/b defecate), and the fourth is your own question here. Sorry, this bird will never fly. – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '14 at 23:24

No, there is no such word. It is not in the OED or any other dictionary I found: even your Wordnik reference says 'user-generated': and 1899 hits on the entire internet is so small a number as to be probably simple mistakes (or discussions like this).

Myself, I'm quite glad it doesn't exist, since it would be both barbaric and otiose.

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    Perhaps the usage finds favour with people who're just smart enough to know there is a difference, but not quite smart enough to know when to use effect and when to use affect. – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '14 at 23:27
  • Barbaric and otiose? Okay, I now understand the type of people who spend their days writing answers here... – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 27 '14 at 1:31
  • @RockPaperLizard - But your conclusion about these people can only be spockulative. – Erik Kowal Oct 27 '14 at 6:24
  • @Erik Kowal - LOL! That's meldtacularly funny! ;-) – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 27 '14 at 6:37
  • I thought efficate was the adjective form of efficacy. – user39425 Dec 11 '14 at 16:20

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