Definitions for: Defective


[adj] not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"
[adj] markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; "defective speech"
[adj] having a defect; "I returned the appliance because it was defective"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 defective copy or account; a defective
character; defective rules.

2. (Gram.) Lacking some of the usual forms of declension or
conjugation; as, a defective noun or verb. --
De*fect"ive*ly, adv. -- De*fect"ive*ness, n.


De*fect"ive, n.
1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.

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, and sometimes,
esp. in criminology, criminals and paupers.

Synonyms: abnormal, bad, faulty, imperfect, malfunctioning, nonfunctional

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