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defunct

[ dih-fuhngkt ]
/ dɪˈfʌŋkt /
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adjective
no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization.
no longer in existence; dead; extinct: a defunct person; a defunct tribe of Indians.
noun
the defunct, the dead person referred to: the survivors of the defunct.
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Origin of defunct

1540–50; <Latin dēfunctus discharged, dead (past participle of dēfungī), equivalent to dē-de- + functus performed; see function

OTHER WORDS FROM defunct

de·funct·ness, nounnon·de·funct, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for defunct

defunct
/ (dɪˈfʌŋkt) /

adjective
no longer living; dead or extinct
no longer operative or valid

Derived forms of defunct

defunctive, adjectivedefunctness, noun

Word Origin for defunct

C16: from Latin dēfungī to discharge (one's obligations), die; see de-, function
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