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defective

[dih-fek-tiv] /dɪˈfɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having a defect or flaw; faulty; imperfect:
a defective machine.
2.
Psychology. characterized by subnormal intelligence or behavior.
3.
Grammar. (of an inflected word or its inflection) lacking one or more of the inflected forms proper to most words of the same class in the language, as English must, which occurs only in the present tense.
noun
4.
a defective person or thing.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; < Late Latin dēfectīvus, equivalent to dēfectus (see defect) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English defectif < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
defectively, adverb
defectiveness, noun
nondefective, adjective
nondefectively, adverb
nondefectiveness, noun
predefective, adjective
undefective, adjective
undefectively, adverb
undefectiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. incomplete, deficient.
Antonyms
1. perfect, complete.
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British Dictionary definitions for defectively

defective

/dɪˈfɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
having a defect or flaw; imperfect; faulty
2.
(of a person) below the usual standard or level, esp in intelligence
3.
(grammar) (of a word) lacking the full range of inflections characteristic of its form class, as for example must, which has no past tense
Derived Forms
defectively, adverb
defectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for defectively

defective

adj.

mid-14c., from Middle French défectif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin defectivus, from defect-, past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). A euphemism for "mentally ill" from 1898 to c.1935. Related: Defectively; defectiveness.

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defectively in Medicine

defective de·fec·tive (dĭ-fěk'tĭv)
n.

  1. Having an imperfection or malformation.

  2. Lacking or deficient in some physical or mental function.

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