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Defective, 1) faulty, vicious: “our vineyards, fallows, meads and hedges, d. in their natures, grow to wildness,” H5 V, 2, 55.
2) wanting, coming short: “we, poising us in her d. scale, shall weigh thee to the beam,” All's II, 3, 161. “our state is d. for requital,” Cor. II, 2, 54. “this effect d. comes by cause,” Hml. II, 2, 103. “all which the Moor is d. in,” Oth. II, 1, 233.
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