Meaning of DEFECTIVE in English


adj. 25B6; adjective

a defective seat belt : FAULTY, flawed, imperfect, shoddy, inoperative, malfunctioning, out of order, unsound; in disrepair, broken; informal on the blink; Brit. informal knackered, duff.

these methods are defective : LACKING, wanting, deficient, inadequate, insufficient.

(dated) a mentally defective child : IMPAIRED, slow, simple, backward, retarded; dated deficient, subnormal, educationally subnormal, ESN.


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