• Having one or more defects.
  • Lacking some forms; e.g., having only one tense or being usable only in the third person.
  • Having a root whose final consonant is weak (ي, و, or ء).
  • Spelled without matres lectionis, for example אמץ as opposed to the plene spelling אומץ where the letter vav ⟨ו⟩ indicates the vowel o.


  • A person or thing considered to be defective.


  • From Middle English defectif, defective, from Old French defectif, from Late Latin dēfectīvus.

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