What is defective?

  • (adj): Not working properly.
    Example: "A defective appliance"
    Synonyms: bad
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "defective":

  • (adj): Having a defect.
    Example: "I returned the appliance because it was defective"
    Synonyms: faulty
  • (adj): Markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior.
    Example: "Defective speech"

Famous quotes containing the word defective:

    Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.
    —P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy)

    Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms; but those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of freemen.
    Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)

    Now, since our condition accommodates things to itself, and transforms them according to itself, we no longer know things in their reality; for nothing comes to us that is not altered and falsified by our Senses. When the compass, the square, and the rule are untrue, all the calculations drawn from them, all the buildings erected by their measure, are of necessity also defective and out of plumb. The uncertainty of our senses renders uncertain everything that they produce.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)