Sometimes defected . having a defect or flaw; faulty; imperfect: a defective machine.
Psychology. characterized by subnormal intelligence or behavior.
Grammar. (of an inflected word or its inflection) lacking one or more of the inflected forms proper to most words of the same class in the language, as English must, which occurs only in the present tense.
a defective person or thing.
- de·fec·tive·ly, adverb
- de·fec·tive·ness, noun
- non·de·fec·tive, adjective
- non·de·fec·tive·ly, adverb
- non·de·fec·tive·ness, noun
- pre·de·fec·tive, adjective
- un·de·fec·tive, adjective
- un·de·fec·tive·ly, adverb
- un·de·fec·tive·ness, noun
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How to use defective in a sentence
The nominal point of the modules is to make it easier to replace defective cells, but Musk early this year declared that Tesla no longer needs modules, and eliminating the intermediate step should reduce both costs and vehicle weight.What Tesla’s Battery Day might reveal: Project Roadrunner, Model S Plaid, and more | dzanemorris | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
The company has largely avoided responsibility for dangerous or defective products sold on its giant third-party marketplace by claiming that, technically, it isn’t the seller.Why Etsy’s CEO is accusing Amazon of trying to wipe out its competition | Marc Bain | August 26, 2020 | Quartz
Reverse transcriptase is error prone, often resulting in defective or incomplete copies of the virus.In a first, a person’s immune system fought HIV — and won | Tina Hesman Saey | August 26, 2020 | Science News
In fact, more activists said that the campaign messaging and strategy were defective, or that Clinton herself was to blame.
The case involved a lawsuit brought against Amazon by plaintiff Angela Bolger, who claimed a replacement laptop battery she bought from a third-party seller on the site was defective.Amazon’s days of dodging liability for its marketplace could be numbered | Marc Bain | August 14, 2020 | Quartz
However, just because a vaccine is replication-defective does not mean that you won't have an adverse event.
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of Dickens: “What defective composition!”
Anyone who takes pot shots at a lovely wading bird is a hopeless defective, in my view, an evolutionary mistake.
Any infant deemed defective by the council was tossed off a cliff.
Seven years ago, a Chevy Cobalt with a defective ignition switch killed two teenage girls.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006 | Michael Daly | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All things are double, one against another, and he hath made nothing defective.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
If this is not done, some person who afterward wished to purchase the land might object because the recorded title was defective.
Such a license though defective is valid until revoked by the proper authority.
If he is injured while running a car from a defective brake of which he had knowledge, he cannot recover.
Thus if a meeting of proprietors must be called by twelve of them, a call signed by eleven is defective.
British Dictionary definitions for defective
having a defect or flaw; imperfect; faulty
(of a person) below the usual standard or level, esp in intelligence
grammar (of a word) lacking the full range of inflections characteristic of its form class, as for example must, which has no past tense
- defectively, adverb
- defectiveness, noun
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