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Note 94 – Deficient and defective

Deficient and defective are both adjectives with very different meanings.  Their definitions are below:


Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines deficient as:

  • “Not having enough of”
  • “Not good enough”

 The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis defines deficient as:

  • “Lacking”
  • “Inadequate”

 When used in a sentence:

  • The doctor said that Sally is deficient in vitamin D


Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines defective as:

  • “Describes something that has a fault in it and does not work correctly”

 The Pocket Writer’s Handbook describes defective as being:

  • “applied to functioning things that fail to function properly”

When used in a sentence:

  • Due to a defective train, I arrived home at 9pm

Hope you have enjoyed reading this.  I blog daily so please don’t forget to come back tomorrow to learn more.  

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Reference list:

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library)

Cambridge Dictionaries Online


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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