defective

adjective
de·​fec·​tive | \ di-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce defective (audio) \

Definition of defective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having a defect or flaw : imperfect in form, structure, or function replaced a defective light switch products manufactured with defective materials defective intestinal absorption a defective gene
b dated, now offensive : having a physical or mental impairment
2 grammar : lacking one or more of the usual forms of inflection (see inflection sense 2) Must is a defective verb.

defective

noun

Definition of defective (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is imperfect in form, structure, or function … if we examine 18 items off the production line, we may be interested in the number of defectives we observe in the sample of size 18.— Lloyd Jaisingh
2 dated, now offensive : a person having a physical or mental impairment

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Other Words from defective

Adjective

defectively adverb
defectiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for defective

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of defective in a Sentence

Adjective This computer is defective. I want my money back. The disease is caused by a defective gene.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The report centered on photos and physical inspection that showed that metal studs welded to the top of steel support beams had broken or sheered off cleanly, suggesting the welds were defective. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 Police asked about moving her to another room since the door was defective. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 16 July 2021 The report centered on photos and physical inspection that showed that metal studs welded to the top of steel support beams had broken or sheered off cleanly, suggesting the welds were defective. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 The report centered on photos and physical inspection that showed that metal studs welded to the top of steel support beams had broken or sheered off cleanly, suggesting the welds were defective. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 How the defective concept of ‘whiteness’ escaped the academy and corrupted political discourse. Steven Watts, National Review, 20 Feb. 2021 The gymnast sued device maker Biomet in January 2018, alleging the hip implants were defective. Elizabeth Lucas, Fortune, 17 June 2021 The report centered on photos and physical inspection that showed that metal studs welded to the top of steel support beams had broken or sheered off cleanly, suggesting the welds were defective. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 The report centered on photos and physical inspection that showed that metal studs welded to the top of steel support beams had broken or sheered off cleanly, suggesting the welds were defective. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After two replacement phones (one defective, the next meant for another customer and locked) and 15 different Apple customer service representatives, Holland, a publicist in Wilmington, N.C., searched online for Jobs’s email address. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of defective

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for defective

Adjective

Middle English defectif, defectyve "lacking, faulty, of poor quality," borrowed from Anglo-French defectif, borrowed from Late Latin dēfectīvus "lacking an inflectional form, imperfect, faulty," from Latin dēfectus, past participle of dēficere "to be lacking, run short, fail" + -īvus -ive — more at deficient

Noun

derivative of defective entry 1

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The first known use of defective was in the 14th century

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“Defective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defective. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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defective

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of defective

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

defective

adjective
de·​fec·​tive | \ di-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce defective (audio) \

Kids Definition of defective

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

defective

adjective
de·​fec·​tive | \ di-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce defective (audio) \

Medical Definition of defective

: falling below the norm in structure or function a defective heart valve

Other Words from defective

defectiveness \ -​nəs How to pronounce defective (audio) \ noun

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