In The Conjuring, the Warrens brush off alleged hauntings as the result of drafts or defective pipes.
Pauline Turski: Still struggling with the iPhone 4—defective and becoming very annoyed.
Seattle was faster, stronger, hungrier, and more prepared, and Manning seemed like a wizard with a defective wand.
And regardless, for all of them obesity is not the main point but is used to signal something else defective in their characters.
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of Dickens: “What defective composition!”
The portrait was not wanting in force or decision of touch, but the drawing was defective.
If any of these three parts is defective, the theatrical merit is imperfect.
He did not separate words, and his spelling was defective; he was chiefly occupied with ideas.
May He pardon all that is defective in these pages, and bless them to the promotion of His glory.
The learners were defective both in understanding and memory; and the Master gave them “line upon line.”
mid-14c., from Middle French défectif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin defectivus, from defect-, past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). A euphemism for "mentally ill" from 1898 to c.1935. Related: Defectively; defectiveness.
defective de·fec·tive (dĭ-fěk'tĭv)
Having an imperfection or malformation.
Lacking or deficient in some physical or mental function.