Origin of defective
Examples from the Web for defectiveness
Defectiveness is a recessive factor; normality a dominant one.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
If McClellan ever moves this army, then the defectiveness of his staff may occasion losses and even disasters.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862|Adam Gurowski
Union supplements the defectiveness of each alone, and develops its full forcefulness.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
Spinoza's aim in revealing the defectiveness of the Bible was not theological but philosophical.The Philosophy of Spinoza|Baruch de Spinoza
It could not indeed be otherwise; the defectiveness of the calendar must necessarily falsify all their records as to time.
British Dictionary definitions for defectiveness
Word Origin and History for defectiveness
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.