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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective De*fect"ive
  1. Wanting in something; incomplete; lacking a part; deficient; imperfect; faulty; -- applied either to natural or moral qualities; as, a defective limb; defective timber; a defective copy or account; a defective character; defective rules.
  2. [Gram] Lacking some of the usual forms of declension or conjugation; as, a defective noun or verb.

Etymology: L. defectivus: cf. F. défectif. See Defect

noun De*fect"ive
  1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.
  2. [Med] One who is lacking physically or mentally.

Note: ☞ Under the term defectives are included deaf-mutes, the blind, the feeble-minded, the insane, and sometimes, esp. in criminology, criminals and paupers.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Not working properly ("a defective appliance")
  2. Markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior ("defective speech")
  3. Having a defect ("I returned the appliance because it was defective")

From Middle French défectif

  1. A person or thing considered to be defective.

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Past life for Defective born Nov 2, 2008

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern India approximately on 775. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.