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defunct

[dih-fuhngkt] /dɪˈfʌŋkt/
adjective
1.
no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning:
a defunct law; a defunct organization.
2.
no longer in existence; dead; extinct:
a defunct person; a defunct tribe of Indians.
noun
3.
the defunct, the dead person referred to:
the survivors of the defunct.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin dēfunctus discharged, dead (past participle of dēfungī), equivalent to dē- de- + functus performed; see function
Related forms
defunctness, noun
nondefunct, adjective
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Examples from the web for defunct
  • Whether the cricket is dead or alive, traditional wisdom is evidently defunct, a tedious chirp no one has time for.
  • Next we go 2341 feet underground in a defunct Minnesota iron mine to search for particles that could reveal dark matter.
  • As caretakers of a defunct hunting lodge, the couple settled into their winter idyll.
  • Of course, most of these satellites are soon to be (or already) defunct and funding for replacements has not been forthcoming.
  • Some of the hazard-avoidance technology comes from the defunct mine-sweeping robot.
  • Alongside these two, several defunct music halls are being reclaimed as places of entertainment.
  • The treasure found this time is the long-defunct business of the winter ice harvest.
  • The researchers used the defunct salmon to make a salient point.
  • One feels like his own ghost unlawfully tenanting a defunct carcass.
  • Including barns that survive on defunct farms, there are roughly 3 million barns across the nation.
British Dictionary definitions for defunct

defunct

/dɪˈfʌŋkt/
adjective
1.
no longer living; dead or extinct
2.
no longer operative or valid
Derived Forms
defunctive, adjective
defunctness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēfungī to discharge (one's obligations), die; see de-, function
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Word Origin and History for defunct
adj.

1590s, from Old French defunct (14c., Modern French defunt) or directly from Latin defunctus "dead," literally "off-duty," from past participle of defungi "to discharge, finish," from de- "off, completely" (see de-) + fungi "perform or discharge duty," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to enjoy" (see brook (v.)).

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