Origin of defective
Examples from the Web for defective
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of Dickens: “What defective composition!”
Seven years ago, a Chevy Cobalt with a defective ignition switch killed two teenage girls.
By either estimate, the defective switch cost Amy Rademaker and at least a dozen other people their lives.
Seattle was faster, stronger, hungrier, and more prepared, and Manning seemed like a wizard with a defective wand.Super Blowout: Seahawks Buck Broncos to Take Home the Championship Title|Ben Teitelbaum|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In The Conjuring, the Warrens brush off alleged hauntings as the result of drafts or defective pipes.
The great difficulty is in determining whether or not there is a defective ancestry in a given stock.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
Having a weak constitution and defective sight, he avoided the conscription.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
The Jure Divino is defective in arrangement and versification.Pamphlets and Parodies on Political Subjects|William Hone
Here is a man who, from whatever cause, is bodily ill-born, with defective organs.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
There is also much doubt as to the way in which the statisticians have used the term "abnormal" or "defective."Mentally Defective Children|Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for defective
Word Origin and History for defective
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.