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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defunctadjective

    no longer in force or use; inactive

    "a defunct law"; "a defunct organization"

  2. defunctadjective

    having ceased to exist or live

    "the will of a defunct aunt"; "a defunct Indian tribe"


  1. Defunctadjective

    No longer in effect or use; no longer operating; as, a defunct business; a defunct law.


  1. defunctnoun

    The dead person (referred to).

  2. defunctverb

    To make defunct.

  3. defunctadjective

    Deceased, dead.

  4. defunctadjective

    No longer in use, inactive.

  5. defunctadjective

    Specifically, of a program: that has terminated but is still shown in the list of processes because the parent process that created it is still running and has not yet reaped it. See also zombie, zombie process.

  6. defunctadjective

    No longer in business or service.

  7. Etymology: From defunctus, past participle of defungor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEFUNCTadjective

    Etymology: defunctus, Latin.

    I therefore beg it not,
    To please the palate of my appetite;
    Nor to comply with heat, the young affects,
    In me defunct, and proper satisfaction. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Here entity and quiddity,
    The souls of defunct bodies fly. Hudibras.

  2. Defunctnoun

    One that is deceased; a dead man, or woman.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Nature doth abhor to make his couch
    With the defunct, or sleep upon the dead. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    In many of these cases the searchers are able to report the opinion of the physician who was with the patient, as they receive the same from the friends of the defunct. John Graunt.


  1. defunct

    Defunct refers to something that no longer exists, functions, operates, or is in use; it can refer to an organization, system, concept, or even a living creature that is now extinct or dead. It's often used to describe laws, rules, companies, products, or services that have ceased to exist or operate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defunctadjective

    having finished the course of life; dead; deceased

  2. Defunctnoun

    a dead person; one deceased

  3. Etymology: [L. defunctus, p. p. of defungi to acquit one's self of, to perform, finish, depart, die; de + fungi to perform, discharge: cf. F. dfunt. See Function.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defunct

    de-funkt′, adj. having finished the course of life, dead.—n. a dead person.—n. Defunc′tion (Shak.), death.—adj. Defunc′tive (Shak.), pertaining to the dead. [L. defungi, defunctus, to finish—de, and fungi, to perform.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defunct in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defunct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of defunct in a Sentence

  1. Ed Royce:

    A diplomatic solution is only possible with a strong, coherent, moderate opposition that can serve as a bridge from Assad to a new post-conflict government.Yet the administration has done little to help the opposition.Its feeble train-and-equip program is now defunct.

  2. Christina Pushaw:

    Jones announced on Instagram last night that she is planning to run for Matt Gaetz’s congressional seat. She isn’t a Florida resident anymore, so she wouldn’t be able to do that unless she moves back from Maryland (where she had indicated, last month, she was going to primary Rep. [David] Trone in MD-6 as evidenced by this now-defunct campaign website.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    SBI securities have already defunct its web trading platform at 1:15 pm and thus not allowing its intraday short selling traders to sell any shares and this shows downward slump likely today

  4. StockMkt Today:

    Moxther fuxcker SBI Securities has defunct its web trading platform at 2:15 pm . cheating its traders Corrupt SEBI is engaged in this loot and protecting stock brokers

  5. Grant Rumley:

    Rather than reforming his party, preparing for elections, or reactivating the defunct parliament, (Abbas) is creating another judicial body by presidential decree in order to, among other things, approve presidential decrees.

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