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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEFECTIVENESS

It could not indeed be otherwise; the defectiveness of the calendar must necessarily falsify all their records as to time.

Its defectiveness of numbers did not constitute its only weakness.

Defectiveness is a recessive factor; normality a dominant one.

Thirty answers have been thrown out for irrelevancy or defectiveness.

The low state of vitality in the blood of the drunkard accounts for the defectiveness of a large per cent.

Spinoza's aim in revealing the defectiveness of the Bible was not theological but philosophical.

If McClellan ever moves this army, then the defectiveness of his staff may occasion losses and even disasters.

Union supplements the defectiveness of each alone, and develops its full forcefulness.

It is obvious that a defective vacuum may or may not prevent an engine from starting, according to the degree of defectiveness.

In 361 the distinction between irregularity and defectiveness was slightly foreshadowed.

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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