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Definitions for defective
dɪˈfɛk tɪvde·fec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defective, faultyadjective

    having a defect

    "I returned the appliance because it was defective"

  2. defectiveadjective

    markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior

    "defective speech"

  3. bad, defectiveadjective

    not working properly

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

Wiktionary

  1. defectivenoun

    A person considered to be defective.

  2. defectiveadjective

    Having one or more defects.

  3. defectiveadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Defectiveadjective

    Etymology: from defectivus, Latin.

    It subjects them to all the diseases depending upon a defective projectile motion of the blood. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    It will very little help to cure my ignorance, that this is the best of four or five hypotheses proposed, which are all defective. John Locke.

    If it renders us perfect in one accomplishment, it generally leaves us defective in another. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 255.

    Our tragedy writers have been notoriously defective in giving proper sentiments to the persons they introduce. Addis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defectiveadjective

    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. Defectiveadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [L. defectivus: cf. F. dfectif. See Defect.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defective in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of defective in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rosekind:

    Fiat Chrysler's pattern of poor performance put millions of its customers and the driving public at risk, this action will provide relief to owners of defective vehicles, will help improve recall performance throughout the auto industry, and gives Fiat Chrysler the opportunity to embrace a proactive safety culture.

  2. Fabrice:

    A Belgian motorist was complaining that his turn signal had been defective and was going :"once it worked!, once it didn't work!, once it worked!, once it didn't work!, once it...."

  3. Paul Hokemeyer:

    Patients who suffer from sexual addictions enter treatment paralyzed by shame and humiliation. They describe themselves as “evil” and “defective.” They desperately want to be liberated from the crush of their destructive behavior, but can’t get out from under it’s demoralizing weight

  4. Ryan Pack:

    If the officials are corrupt, if the laws are defective, if the penalties are unjust, than you have a unjust government.

  5. Doug Monsour:

    This jury, after carefully thinking about the evidence for two days, came to the proper decision that this was a defective product.

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