defectively

defective

[dih-fek-tiv]
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; < Late Latin dēfectīvus, equivalent to dēfectus (see defect) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English defectif < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

defectively, adverb
defectiveness, noun
nondefective, adjective
nondefectively, adverb
nondefectiveness, noun
predefective, adjective
undefective, adjective
undefectively, adverb
undefectiveness, noun


1. incomplete, deficient.


1. perfect, complete.
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defective (dɪˈfɛktɪv)
 
adj
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
 
de'fectively
 
adv
 
de'fectiveness
 
n

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defective
late 15c., from Fr. défectif (14c.), from L. defectivus, from defect-, pp. stem of deficere (see deficient). A euphemism for "mentally ill" from 1898 to c.1935.
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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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