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defunct adj
1 no longer in force or use; inactive; "a defunct (or dead) law"; "a defunct organization" [syn: dead]
2 having ceased to exist or live; "the will of a defunct aunt"; "a defunct Indian tribe"

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from Latin defunctus, perfect participle of defungi, to finish


  1. deceased
  2. no longer in use, inactive
  3. (computers) a process that has terminated but is still shown in the list of processes because child processes created by it are still running. See also zombie.
  4. (business) that has stopped working, shut down, or dissolved. Out of business.
    a defunct company

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