Definition of Defective

1. Adjective. Having a defect. "I returned the appliance because it was defective"

Exact synonyms: Faulty
Similar to: Imperfect
Derivative terms: Defectiveness, Fault, Faultiness

2. Adjective. Markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior. "Defective speech"
Similar to: Abnormal, Unnatural

3. Adjective. Not working properly. "A defective appliance"
Exact synonyms: Bad
Similar to: Malfunctioning, Nonfunctional
Derivative terms: Defectiveness

Definition of Defective

1. a. 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. n. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.

Definition of Defective

1. Adjective. Having one or more defects. ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar of a verb) lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person. ¹

3. Noun. A person considered to be defective. ¹

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Definition of Defective

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Defective

1. Denoting or exhibiting a defect; imperfect; a failure of quality. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Defective

defect of speech
defective (current term)
defective bacteriophage
defective interfering particle
defective number
defective numbers
defective on arrival
defective organism
defective phage
defective pleading
defective probacteriophage
defective prophage
defective verb
defective verbs
defective virus
defective viruses

Literary usage of Defective

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Statistical Report by New York (N.Y.). Police Dept (1906)
"defective. Boilers condemned and unfit for further use 478 Boilers requiring repairs 57J Boilers requiring repairs date of last ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"130, the headnote reads : "A notary public having made and delivered a defective certificate of acknowledgment of a deed cannot amend it in the absence of ..."

3. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1920)
"A LETHAL FACTOR—defective SEEDS DF JONES Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New H aren. LETHAL factors are familiar in corn in the form of several ..."

4. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association (1921)
"Until very recent years, for children suffering from defective vision there has ... A child with any sight, no matter how defective it may be, will use it; ..."

5. English Grammar, Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners: With an by Lindley Murray (1829)
"defective VERBS are those which are used only ii some of their moods and tenses. ... quoth, In most languages there are some verbs which, are defective with ..."

6. The Individual Delinquent: A Text-book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All by William Healy (1915)
"Analysis of defective and Unsatisfied Interests. § 99. Analysis of defective Early Developmental Conditions. § 100. Analysis of Mental Shock. § 101. ..."

7. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1904)
"It is said by good authority that from one to eight per cent of the children are what may be called abnormal children, te, children who are defective either ..."

8. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"The conductor saw that it was impossible to switch out the Farnham car from •4O5 the east end of the "house track" 'without moving the defective car, ..."

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