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defective

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adjective de·fec·tive \di-ˈfek-tiv\

Simple Definition of defective

  • : having a problem or fault that prevents something from working correctly : having a defect or flaw

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defective

  1. 1 a :  imperfect in form or function :  faulty <a defective pane of glass> b :  falling below the norm in structure or in mental or physical function <defective eyesight>

  2. 2 :  lacking one or more of the usual forms of grammatical inflection <must is a defective verb>

defectively adverb
defectiveness noun

Examples of defective in a sentence

  1. This computer is defective. I want my money back.

  2. The disease is caused by a defective gene.



14th Century

First Known Use of defective

14th century


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defective

noun de·fec·tive

Definition of defective

  1. :  a person who is subnormal physically or mentally



1592

First Known Use of defective

1592


DEFECTIVE Defined for Kids

defective

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adjective de·fec·tive \di-ˈfek-tiv\

Definition of defective for Students

  1. :  having a defect or flaw <The car's brakes were defective.>





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