defective
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. imperfect in form or function ; faulty <
a defective pane of glass
>
b. falling below the norm in structure or in mental or physical function <
defective eyesight
>
2. lacking one or more of the usual forms of grammatical inflection <
must is a defective verb
>
defectively adverbdefectiveness noun II. noun Date: 1592 a person who is subnormal physically or mentally

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  • defective — I adjective amiss, awry, below par, below standards, beneath standards, blemished, broken, bruised, crippled, damaged, deficient, deformed, distorted, falling short, faultful, faulty, flawed, impaired, imperfect, imperfectus, inadequate,… …   Law dictionary

  • Defective — De*fect ive, a. [L. defectivus: cf. F. d[ e]fectif. See {Defect}.] 1. Wanting in something; incomplete; lacking a part; deficient; imperfect; faulty; applied either to natural or moral qualities; as, a defective limb; defective timber; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defective — de‧fec‧tive [dɪˈfektɪv] adjective if a product is defective, it has not been made properly or it is not working properly: • It is the customer s right to return defective goods. defectively adverb : • The computer system was defectively designed …   Financial and business terms

  • Defective — may refer to:: Defective matrix, in algebra Defective verb, in linguistics Defective, or haser, in Hebrew orthography, a spelling variant that does not include mater lectionis Something presenting an anomaly making it unfunctional This… …   Wikipedia

  • defective — defective, deficient Defective means ‘having a defect (= fault)’, whereas deficient means ‘having a deficiency (or lack)’. So eyesight, components, goods, logic, mechanisms, products, workmanship, etc., can all be defective if they are not… …   Modern English usage

  • defective — [dē fek′tiv, difek′tiv] adj. [ME & OFr defectif < LL defectivus] 1. having a defect or defects; imperfect; faulty 2. Gram. lacking some of the usual forms of inflection [“ought” is a defective verb] 3. having a physical or mental defect;… …   English World dictionary

  • Defective — De*fect ive, n. 1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Med.) One who is lacking physically or mentally. Note: Under the term defectives are included deaf mutes, the blind, the feeble minded, the insane …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defective — Defective. См. Дефектный. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • defective — mid 14c., from M.Fr. défectif (14c.) and directly from L.L. defectivus, from defect , pp. stem of deficere (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). A euphemism for mentally ill from 1898 to c.1935. Related: Defectively; defectiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • defective — *deficient Analogous words: impaired, damaged, injured, marred (see INJURE): vitiated, corrupted, debased (see under DEBASE): deranged, disordered (see DISORDER) Antonyms: intact Contrasted words: *perfect, entire, whole: complete, *full, plenary …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • defective — (informal) A damaged pouch, sack, lock, or key …   Glossary of postal terms

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