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Deféctive. adj. [from defectivus, Latin.]

  1. Full of defects; imperfect; not sufficient; not adequate to the purpose.

    It subjects them to all the diseases depending upon a defective projectile motion of the blood. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    It will very little help to cure my ignorance, that this is the best of four or five hypotheses proposed, which are all defective. Locke.

    If it renders us perfect in one accomplishment, it generally leaves us defective in another. Addison's Spectator, № 255.

  2. Faulty; vitious; blameable.

    Our tragedy writers have been notoriously defective in giving proper sentiments to the persons they introduce. Addis.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Locke, John (269)

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