Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having ceased to exist or live: a defunct political organization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Deceased, dead.
  • adj. No longer in use, inactive.
  • adj. Specifically, of a program: that has terminated but is still shown in the list of processes because the parent process that created it is still running and has not yet reaped it. See also zombie, zombie process.
  • adj. No longer in business or service.
  • v. To make defunct.
  • n. The dead person (referred to).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having finished the course of life; dead; deceased.
  • adj. No longer in effect or use; no longer operating.
  • n. A dead person; one deceased.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dead; deceased; extinct.
  • n. A dead person, or dead persons collectively; the dead: most commonly used of a recently deceased person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. no longer in force or use; inactive
  • adj. having ceased to exist or live

Etymologies

Latin dēfūnctus, past participle of dēfungī, to finish : dē-, de- + fungī, to perform.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēfunctus, past participle of dēfungor ("to finish, discharge"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To blame the old liberal wing of the party, now pretty much defunct, is the equivalent of a baseball team blaming the batboy for a tragic loss.

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  • Actor in defunct HDM series blames Pope for unemployment

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  • In March, wrote back and they said that their supplier went "defunct" -- I thought People was the supplier.

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  • And as a bonus question, name defunct MLB teams with three letters on the cap.

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  • I've heard rumours that it's now defunct, which is a crine shame.

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  • The word defunct in this instance means no longer in effect or use; no longer functioning or operating.

    Defunct

  • He is perhaps known as the defunct XFL's biggest star; he played under the moniker "He Hate Me."

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  • Do you, my dear (to whom theory and practice are the same thing in almost every laudable quality), apply the observation to yourself, in this particular case, where resolution is required; and where the performance of the will of the defunct is the question — no more to be dispensed with by you, in whose favour it was made, than by any body else who have only themselves in view by breaking through it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Do you, my dear (to whom theory and practice are the same thing in almost every laudable quality), apply the observation to yourself, in this particular case, where resolution is required; and where the performance of the will of the defunct is the question -- no more to be dispensed with by you, in whose favour it was made, than by any body else who have only themselves in view by breaking through it.

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  • We realize it could be impossible to recover costs from an overseas company that's been described as defunct with no assets, but it's going to take years to clean up the toxic site, so both efforts should be pursued concurrently.

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