Definition of defunct in English:



  • No longer existing or functioning.

    ‘the now defunct Somerset & Dorset railway line’
    • ‘Though defunct since 1997, many companies continued issuing them for some years later to be on the safe side.’
    • ‘Though the treaty is all but defunct, its goals remain laudable.’
    • ‘The first phase of a £1 million project to transform a defunct railway track into a leisure trail is under way.’
    • ‘The last address I could find for you was in the Detroit area, but it's now defunct.’
    • ‘His father worked for 29 years for the now defunct men's clothing chain.’
    • ‘The following humorous extract, written by Leo, was in a story published in a long defunct magazine.’
    • ‘Just walk around the defunct City Arts Centre and see what looms ahead.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, I am going to Radio Rhema at the now defunct train station and am initiating the beginning of the end.’
    • ‘The Mercury music prize has been running for so long that the corporate sponsor whose name it bears is now defunct.’
    • ‘It was accused of being culturally irrelevant, economically unviable and technologically defunct.’
    • ‘It was created to be worn by the chairman of the now defunct Cleveland County Council, which was abolished in 1996.’
    • ‘The orders they receive, however, are for food via a dumbwaiter sent from the defunct restaurant above.’
    • ‘He assured journalists this did not mean the present system was defunct.’
    • ‘A copy of the Manchester Courier, which is now defunct, was also found.’
    • ‘The revelation that a number of shops are welcoming back the officially defunct currency illustrates the mood.’
    • ‘The waste from a defunct reactor is full of plutonium, a highly toxic metal used as the explosive in atomic bombs.’
    • ‘The forum, which started in 1993 and is now defunct, was funded by local authorities around the country.’
    • ‘When it burnt down three years ago Bill built himself a new hut from palettes and reclaimed materials from a defunct taxi business.’
    • ‘When I do it the first five or so results are always the same defunct personal websites for which I have long forgotten the passwords.’
    • ‘Music was for kids, and all the old geniuses that I had revered had either become defunct, died or fallen into senescence.’
    disused, no longer in use, unused, inoperative, non-functioning, unusable, obsolete
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.