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de·fec·tive

 (dĭ-fĕk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Having or showing a defect; faulty: a defective appliance.
2. Grammar Lacking one or more of the inflected forms normal for a particular category of word, as the verb may in English.
n. Offensive
One who has a physical or mental disability.

de·fec′tive·ly adv.
de·fec′tive·ness n.

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. (Linguistics) grammar (of a word) lacking the full range of inflections characteristic of its form class, as for example must, which has no past tense
deˈfectively adv
deˈfectiveness n

de•fec•tive

(dɪˈfɛk tɪv)

adj.
1. faulty.
2. subnormal in intelligence or behavior.
3. lacking one or more of the inflected forms common to most words of the same class in a language, as must, which occurs only in the present tense.
n.
4. a defective person or thing.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin]
de•fec′tive•ly, adv.
de•fec′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defective - having a defect; "I returned the appliance because it was defective"
imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
2.defective - markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; "defective speech"
abnormal, unnatural - not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm; "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food"
3.defective - not working properlydefective - not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"
malfunctioning, nonfunctional - not performing or able to perform its regular function; "a malfunctioning valve"

defective

adjective
1. faulty, broken, not working, flawed, imperfect, out of order, on the blink (slang) Retailers can return defective merchandise.
faulty working, whole, perfect, intact
2. deficient, lacking, short, inadequate, insufficient, incomplete, scant food which is defective in nutritional quality
deficient adequate

defective

adjective
1. Having a defect or defects:
2. Lacking an essential element:
Translations
ناقِص، فيهِ عَيْب
kazovývadnýzávadný
defektfejlbehæftet
gallaîur; afbrigîilegur
bozukkusurlu

defective

[dɪˈfektɪv]
A. ADJdefectuoso
defective verb (Ling) → verbo m defectivo
to be defective in sth [person] → ser deficiente en algo
B. N
1. (= person) → persona f anormal
mental defectivedeficiente mf mental
2. (Gram) → defectivo m

defective

[dɪˈfɛktɪv] adj
(= faulty) [brakes, part, merchandise] → défectueux/euse
(= weak) [sight, immune system] → déficient(e)
to become defective → devenir déficient(e)

defective

adj
material, goods etcfehlerhaft; machine, genedefekt; (fig) reasoning etcfehlerhaft; hearing, sightmangelhaft, gestört; he has a defective heart valveer hat einen Herzklappenfehler
(mentally) defectivegeistesgestört
n
(Gram) → Defektivum nt
(= retarded person)Geistesgestörte(r) mf

defective

[dɪˈfɛktɪv] adj (machine, workmanship, eyesight) → difettoso/a; (system, reasoning) → cattivo/a (Gram) → difettivo/a
to be defective in sth → mancare di qc

defect

(ˈdiːfekt) noun
a fault or flaw. It was a basic defect in her character; a defect in the china.
(diˈfekt) verb
to leave a country, political party etc to go and join another; to desert. He defected to the West.
deˈfection (-ʃən) noun
(an act of) desertion.
deˈfective (-tiv) adjective
having a fault or flaw. a defective machine; He is mentally defective.

de·fec·tive

a. defectuoso-a; incompleto-a.
References in classic literature ?
Some praises proceed merely of flattery; and if he be an ordinary flatterer, he will have certain common attributes, which may serve every man; if he be a cunning flatterer, he will follow the archflatterer, which is a man's self; and wherein a man thinketh best of himself, therein the flatterer will uphold him most: but if he be an impudent flatterer, look wherein a man is conscious to himself, that he is most defective, and is most out of countenance in himself, that will the flatterer entitle him to perforce, spreta conscientia.
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the State will be weak.
Now we see that governments differ from each other in their form, and that some of them are defective, others [1275b] as excellent as possible: for it is evident, that those which have many deficiencies and degeneracies in them must be far inferior to those which are without such faults.
As a house, Barton Cottage, though small, was comfortable and compact; but as a cottage it was defective, for the building was regular, the roof was tiled, the window shutters were not painted green, nor were the walls covered with honeysuckles.
My official work and the children leave me no time; and then I'm not ashamed to own that my education has been too defective.
Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities.
The charges exhibited against it are, first, that so small a number of representatives will be an unsafe depositary of the public interests; secondly, that they will not possess a proper knowledge of the local circumstances of their numerous constituents; thirdly, that they will be taken from that class of citizens which will sympathize least with the feelings of the mass of the people, and be most likely to aim at a permanent elevation of the few on the depression of the many; fourthly, that defective as the number will be in the first instance, it will be more and more disproportionate, by the increase of the people, and the obstacles which will prevent a correspondent increase of the representatives.
Should they prove deformed or defective in any way they are promptly shot; nor do they see a tear shed for a single one of the many cruel hardships they pass through from earliest infancy.
Owing to the defective construction of the Rangoon, however, unusual precautions became necessary in unfavourable weather; but the loss of time which resulted from this cause, while it nearly drove Passepartout out of his senses, did not seem to affect his master in the least.
In point of composition," said Mary, "the letter does not seem defective.
Nor can I either, my dear Dick; accidents are generally caused by the imprudence of the aeronauts, or the defective construction of their apparatus.
We had identified the unhappy woman whom I had met in the night-time with Anne Catherick--we had made some advance, at least, towards connecting the probably defective condition of the poor creature's intellect with the peculiarity of her being dressed all in white, and with the continuance, in her maturer years, of her childish gratitude towards Mrs.