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defective meaning

EN[dɪˈfɛktɪv]
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WDefective
  • Defective may refer to::
  • Defective matrix, in algebra
  • Defective verb, in linguistics
  • Defective, or haser, in Hebrew orthography, a spelling variant that does not include mater lectionis
  • Something presenting an anomaly making it unfunctional
FR défective

    Definition of defective in English Dictionary

  • NounPLdefectivesPREdé-SUF-ive
    1. A person or thing considered to be defective.
      1. There were many more kinds of mental institutions at mid-century, ones for “mental defectives and epileptics” and the mentally retarded, psychiatric wards in veterans hospitals, as well as “psychopathic” and private mental hospitals.
  • AdjectiveCOMmore defectiveSUPmost defective
    1. Having one or more defects.
      1. It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
    2. (grammar, of a lexeme, especially a verb) lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • While Bpp hu and the other classical bordetellae can efficiently colonize mice, Bpp ov strains are severely defective in their ability to colonize the murine respiratory tract.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Adjectives
        • Nouns
          • Countable nouns
        Related Links:
        1. en defectives
        2. en defectively
        3. en defectiveness
        4. en defective verb
        5. en defective verbs
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        Meaning of defective for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "defective" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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