Meaning of DEFECTIVE in English



Pronunciation: di- ' fek-tiv

Function: adjective

Date: 14th century

1 a : imperfect in form or function : FAULTY <a defective pane of glass> b : falling below the norm in structure or in mental or physical function < defective eyesight>

2 : lacking one or more of the usual forms of grammatical inflection < must is a defective verb>

– de · fec · tive · ly adverb

– de · fec · tive · ness noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.