Definition of defective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈfektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfektɪv//
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having a fault or faults; not perfect or complete synonym faulty defective goods Her hearing was found to be slightly defective. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French defectif, -ive or late Latin defectivus, from deficere ‘fail’, from de- (expressing reversal) + facere ‘do’.Extra examples Her vision is severely defective. If the goods prove defective, the customer has the right to compensation. If the goods are defective you should get a full refund. She was born with defective hearing. Some defective organs can now be replaced. The car was found to have defective brakes.
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