[dih-fek-tiv] /dɪˈfɛk tɪv/
having a 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.
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
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.
defective de·fec·tive (dĭ-fěk’tĭv)
[dih-fen-siv] /dɪˈfɛn sɪv/ adjective 1. serving to defend; protective: defensive armament. 2. made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack: defensive treaty; a defensive attitude. 3. of or relating to defense. 4. 5. excessively concerned with guarding against the real or imagined threat of criticism, injury to one’s ego, or exposure of one’s […]
[def-uh-nit] /ˈdɛf ə nɪt/ adjective 1. clearly or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions. 2. having fixed limits; bounded with precision: a definite area. 3. positive; certain; sure: It is definite that he will take the job. 4. ; limiting. 5. Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate. /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/ adjective […]
[verb dih-jen-uh-reyt; adjective, noun dih-jen-er-it] /verb dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adjective, noun dɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/ verb (used without object), degenerated, degenerating. 1. to fall below a normal or desirable level in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate: The morale of the soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight. 2. to diminish in quality, especially from a […]
[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. tending to . 2. characterized by degeneration. /dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv/ adjective 1. (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse adj. 1846; see degenerate + -ive. degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn’ər-ə-tĭv) adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.