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Meaning of DEFECTIVE

Pronunciation:  di'fektiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"
  2. [adj]  markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; "defective speech"
  3. [adj]  having a defect; "I returned the appliance because it was defective"

DEFECTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abnormal, bad, faulty, imperfect, malfunctioning, nonfunctional



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*fect"ive\, a. [L. defectivus: cf. F. d['e]fectif.
    See {Defect}.]
    1. Wanting in something; incomplete; lacking a part;
       deficient; imperfect; faulty; -- applied either to natural
       or moral qualities; as, a defective limb; defective
       timber; a defective copy or account; a defective
       character; defective rules.
    2. (Gram.) Lacking some of the usual forms of declension or
       conjugation; as, a defective noun or verb. --
       {De*fect"ive*ly}, adv. -- {De*fect"ive*ness}, n.
  2. \De*fect"ive\, n.
    1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.
    2. (Med.) One who is lacking physically or mentally.
    Note: Under the term defectives are included deaf-mutes, the
          blind, the feeble-minded, the insane, and sometimes,
          esp. in criminology, criminals and paupers.
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