[ dih-fuhngkt ]
/ dɪˈfʌŋkt /


no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization.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.


the defunct, the dead person referred to: the survivors of the defunct.

Origin of defunct

1540–50; < Latin dēfunctus discharged, dead (past participle of dēfungī), equivalent to dē- de- + functus performed; see function
Related formsde·funct·ness, nounnon·de·funct, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for defunct


/ (dɪˈfʌŋkt) /


no longer living; dead or extinct
no longer operative or valid
Derived Formsdefunctive, adjectivedefunctness, noun

Word Origin for defunct

C16: from Latin dēfungī to discharge (one's obligations), die; see de-, function
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Word Origin and History for defunct



1590s, from Old French defunct (14c., Modern French defunt) or directly from Latin defunctus "dead," literally "off-duty," from past participle of defungi "to discharge, finish," from de- "off, completely" (see de-) + fungi "perform or discharge duty," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to enjoy" (see brook (v.)).

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