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1defective

adjective de·fec·tive \di-ˈfek-tiv\

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

Full Definition of DEFECTIVE

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
:  lacking one or more of the usual forms of grammatical inflection <must is a defective verb>
de·fec·tive·ly adverb
de·fec·tive·ness noun
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Examples of DEFECTIVE

  1. This computer is defective. I want my money back.
  2. The disease is caused by a defective gene.

First Known Use of DEFECTIVE

14th century

2defective

noun

Definition of DEFECTIVE

:  a person who is subnormal physically or mentally

First Known Use of DEFECTIVE

1592
DEFECTIVENESS Defined for Kids

defective

adjective de·fec·tive \di-ˈfek-tiv\

Definition of DEFECTIVE for Kids

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

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