adjective \di-ˈfəŋkt, dē-\

: no longer existing or being used

Full Definition of DEFUNCT

:  no longer living, existing, or functioning <that firm is now defunct>

Examples of DEFUNCT

  1. She wrote for the now-defunct newspaper.
  2. <a stack of brochures and a few faded placards are all that remain of the defunct organization>

Origin of DEFUNCT

Latin defunctus, from past participle of defungi to finish, die, from de- + fungi to perform — more at function
First Known Use: 1599

Rhymes with DEFUNCT


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