AskDefine | Define defective

Dictionary Definition

defective adj
1 having a defect; "I returned the appliance because it was defective" [syn: faulty]
2 markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; "defective speech"
3 not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance" [syn: bad]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Having one or more defects.
  2. lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person.


having one or more defects
  • Czech: vadný
  • German: fehlerhaft, defekt
  • Hebrew: פגום (pagum)
  • Kurdish:
  • Spanish: defectuoso (1), defectivo (2)

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Extensive Definition

Defective can mean multiple things:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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