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defunct

Definition of defunct

Etymology

    From Latin dēfunctus, past participle of dēfungī ("to finish, discharge").

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA: /dɪˈfʌŋkt/

Adjective

defunct (comparative more defunct, superlative most defunct)

  1. (now rare) Deceased, dead.
  2. No longer in use, inactive.
  3. (computing) 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.
  4. (business) No longer in business or service.

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