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defective

adj. not being capable of fulfilling its function, ranging from a deed of land to a piece of equipment. (See: defect, defective title)

defective

adjective amiss, awry, below par, below stannards, beneath standards, blemished, broken, bruised, crippled, damaged, deficient, deformed, distorted, falling short, faultful, faulty, flawed, impaired, imperfect, imperfectus, incomplete, incondite, incorrect, infirm, injured, insufficient, lacking, lame, marred, mutilated, out of order, unfinished, unsound, wanting, warped, weak
Associated concepts: defective and unsafe condition, defeccive condition, defective construction, defective in form, deeective in substance, defective instrumentality, defective maahinery, defective materials, defective or dangerous condition, defective product, defective service of process, defective title, defective workmanship or material, defective writ, mentally defective, products liability
See also: bad, blemished, broken, deficient, fallacious, faulty, imperfect, inferior, insufficient, marred, non compos mentis, nonsubstantial, peccable, poor, undesirable, unsound
References in classic literature ?
Should they prove deformed or defective in any way they are promptly shot; nor do they see a tear shed for a single one of the many cruel hardships they pass through from earliest infancy.
From cold, calculating, highly intelligent perversity it had deteriorated into the indiscriminating, dangerous menace of the mentally defective.
Owing to the defective construction of the Rangoon, however, unusual precautions became necessary in unfavourable weather; but the loss of time which resulted from this cause, while it nearly drove Passepartout out of his senses, did not seem to affect his master in the least.
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the State will be weak.
In point of composition," said Mary, "the letter does not seem defective.
He says he is German, my lord," replied Raoul; "but I doubt it, for his accent is bad and his pronunciation defective.
Daubeny's hearing is a little defective, is it not?
There were many things to admire in Eudosia--a defective education being the great evil with which she had to contend.
I had an idea of what he meant to say, and just saved myself by the privilege of defective hearing.
The mirror is doubtless defective, the outlines will sometimes be disturbed, the reflection faint or confused; but I feel as much bound to tell you as precisely as I can what that reflection is, as if I were in the witness-box, narrating my experience on oath.
Amidst this assemblage of all that was insignificant and defective, much that was vicious and repulsive (by that last epithet many would have described the two or three stiff, silent, decently behaved, ill-dressed British girls), the sensible, sagacious, affable directress shone like a steady star over a marsh full of Jack-o'-lanthorns; profoundly aware of her superiority, she derived an inward bliss from that consciousness which sustained her under all the care and responsibility inseparable from her position; it kept her temper calm, her brow smooth, her manner tranquil.
In surgery, having the least experience, and it being a business that spoke directly to the senses, he was most apt to distrust his own powers; but he had applied oils to several burns, cut round the roots of sundry defective teeth, and sewed up the wounds of numberless wood choppers, with considerable éclat, when an unfortunate jobber suffered a fracture of his leg by the tree that he had been felling.