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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.
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Noun1.defectiveness - the state of being defective
imperfection, imperfectness - the state or an instance of being imperfect
bugginess - the state of having bugs
lameness - an imperfection or defectiveness; "a stylist noted for the lameness of his plots"
sickness - defectiveness or unsoundness; "drugs have become a sickness they cannot cure"; "a great sickness of his judgment"
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The queen, giving great allowance for my defectiveness in speaking, was, however, surprised at so much wit and good sense in so diminutive an animal.
In another case, a woman hallucinated that she was sitting on a throne ascending through the universe, surrounded by the faces and voices of people she knew telling her she is a valuable and worthwhile person, and could take her place within the center of her universe without the sense of defectiveness and shame that often triggered her drinking.
They cover the historical background of the Asia Minor dialects; agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian; two Turkish suffixes in Pharasoit: constraints against phrasal bases; the morphology of Silliot: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic leveling; and affix pleonasm; adverbial constructions in a dialectical context: a case study from Pontic; the Smyrna dialect: loanword adaptation in a multilingual setting; affixoids and verb borrowing in Aivaliot morphology; subtractive imperative forms in Bithynian Greek; morphological innovations in Propontis Tsakonian; and the Greek of Ottoman-era Adrianoupolis.
" POLICE PATROL Mr Felix Odhiambo of JK Felix and Smith Advocates LLP says the best point of rectifying a defectiveness in a criminal process is the trial court.
Umar, in conceding to the defectiveness of the service, urged the court to redirect service on the defendant with a directive that the service is made personally on the CJN.
In the case of the mentioned wires it is an online monitoring of insulation defectiveness immediately after the exit from the enamel furnace by non-destructive test on passage with high constant voltage.
Young JE et al, described narcissistic in their study to develop maladaptive schemas in order to over compensate for underlying feeling of defectiveness and emotional deprivation.7
Above all, the sufferer must understand that recurrence does not denote weakness, failure, or defectiveness; it simply means that the fight must resume.
When CDA asked from former director DMA about defectiveness of respective machinery he then informed former Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal that whatever fire tenders they have, they were not able to provide appropriate service during any emergency situation.
Koestler's novel describes a similar problem: "The cause of the Party's defectiveness must be found.
Pending further development in the law, the committee takes no position on whether the risk/benefit test is a standard for product defect that should be included in instruction 403.7 or an affirmative defense under instruction 403.18.[end strikethrough] The court should not, however, instruct on risk/benefit as both a test of defectiveness under 403.7 and as an affirmative defense under 403.18.
highlights its defectiveness. How could we expect a platoon commander,