Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being defective; imperfection; faultiness.

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  • noun The state or quality of being defective.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being defective

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Examples

  • Thereafter, the emergence of prohibited emotion is experienced as a failure to embody the required ideal, an exposure of the underlying essential defectiveness or badness, and is accompanied by feelings of isolation, shame and self-loathing.

    Robert D. Stolorow: What Is Character and How Does it Change?

  • Usually brain pan capacity is reduced, and mental defectiveness is obvious, in spelling, syntax, fixation on outdated ideas, and insistence on laughing (yuk-yuk) at their own unfunny jokes.

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

  • Thereafter, the emergence of prohibited emotion is experienced as a failure to embody the required ideal, an exposure of the underlying essential defectiveness or badness, and is accompanied by feelings of isolation, shame and self-loathing.

    Robert D. Stolorow: What Is Character and How Does it Change?

  • Unabashed in its assertion of heart amidst perpetually complex and highly-integrated displays of structured defectiveness that are ingeniously and rhythmically played out through relatable everyday situations, this multi-dimensional testament to the complexity, ridiculousness and awkward clumsiness of multi-tiered family relations strikes a sentimental chord on just the right frequency.

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  • Usually brain pan capacity is reduced, and mental defectiveness is obvious, in spelling, syntax, fixation on outdated ideas, and insistence on laughing (yuk-yuk) at their own unfunny jokes.

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

  • Thereafter, the emergence of prohibited emotion is experienced as a failure to embody the required ideal, an exposure of the underlying essential defectiveness or badness, and is accompanied by feelings of isolation, shame and self-loathing.

    Robert D. Stolorow: What Is Character and How Does it Change?

  • Simultaneously, some studies indicate that the priority of developing phonemic awareness instruction before formal reading instruction would benefit for children with reading defectiveness.

    Please Have A Look Of My Writting!!especially For Grammar? « Literacy Instruction « Literacy Help « Literacy News

  • SF can and often does function as analysis through conceit, the future re-presenting the present, defamiliarising it in order to expose its faults, to allow "the defectiveness of the ruling paradigm to be seen whole".

    Narrative Grammars

  • SF can and often does function as analysis through conceit, the future re-presenting the present, defamiliarising it in order to expose its faults, to allow "the defectiveness of the ruling paradigm to be seen whole".

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  • The cause of the Party's defectiveness must be found.

    Autumn

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