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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEFECTIVELY

It is unequally and often unjustly or defectively administered.

Without it we work in the dark, and therefore feebly, defectively.

Such is an outline of Marshall's argument, as inaccurately and defectively reported.

Unless the record shown me is defectively made out I think it can be successfully defended against.

Then one day a defectively wired machine came sliding along, and dutifully Sam hooked it up and flipped the switch.

Defectively executed securities, settlements and advancements need no equivalent and need not be acted on in order to be reformed.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Middle French défectif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin defectivus, from defect-, past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). A euphemism for "mentally ill" from 1898 to c.1935. Related: Defectively; defectiveness.

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