Meaning of DEFECTIVE in English


adj. & n.

adj. 1 having a defect or defects; incomplete, imperfect, faulty. 2 mentally subnormal. 3 (usu. foll. by in) lacking, deficient. 4 Gram. not having all the usual inflections.

n. a mentally defective person. defectively adv. defectiveness n.

[ ME f. OF defectif -ive or LL defectivus (as DEFECT) ]

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