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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defunct mean? 

DEFUNCT (adjective)
  The adjective DEFUNCT has 2 senses:

1. no longer in force or use; inactive
2. having ceased to exist or live

  Familiarity information: DEFUNCT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEFUNCT (adjective)

Sense 1defunct [BACK TO TOP]


No longer in force or use; inactive


defunct; dead

Context examples:

a defunct (or dead) law / a defunct organization


inoperative (not operating)

Sense 2defunct [BACK TO TOP]


Having ceased to exist or live

Context examples:

the will of a defunct aunt / a defunct Indian tribe


dead (no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life)

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