how to pronounce defective


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the above transcription of defective is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

defective is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of defective in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it all started with some defective x-ray …”

meaning of defective

Defective means not working properly.

defective frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word defective occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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