Definitions for defectivedɪˈfɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fec•tivedɪˈfɛk tɪv(adj.)

  1. faulty.

  2. subnormal in intelligence or behavior.

    Category: Psychology

  3. lacking one or more of the inflected forms common to most words of the same class in a language, as must, which occurs only in the present tense.

    Category: Grammar

  4. (n.)a defective person or thing.

Origin of defective:

1375–1425; ME < MF < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. defective, faulty(adj)

    having a defect

    "I returned the appliance because it was defective"

  2. defective(adj)

    markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior

    "defective speech"

  3. bad, defective(adj)

    not working properly

    "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"


  1. defective(Noun)

    A person considered to be defective.

  2. defective(Adjective)

    Having one or more defects.

  3. defective(Adjective)

    lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defective(adj)

    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. Defective(adj)

    lacking some of the usual forms of declension or conjugation; as, a defective noun or verb

Translations for defective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having a fault or flaw

a defective machine; He is mentally defective.

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