American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a defect; faulty: a defective appliance.
- adj. Marked by subnormal structure, function, intelligence, or behavior: defective speech.
- adj. Grammar Lacking one or more of the inflected forms normal for a particular category of word, as the verb may in English.
- n. Offensive One who is physically or mentally deficient.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having defect or flaw of any kind; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; faulty.
- Specifically In grammar, wanting some of the usual forms of declension or conjugation: as, a defective noun or verb.
- n. A person who is characterized by some special mental, moral, or physical defect; specifically, one who is deficient in one or more of the physical senses or powers.
- adj. Having one or more defects.
- adj. grammar, of a verb lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person.
- n. A person considered to be defective.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wanting in something; incomplete; lacking a part; deficient; imperfect; faulty; -- applied either to natural or moral qualities
- adj. (Gram.) Lacking some of the usual forms of declension or conjugation.
- n. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.
- n. (Med.) One who is lacking physically or mentally.
- adj. markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior
- adj. having a defect
- adj. not working properly
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