Example sentences for: defunct

How can you use “defunct” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • NOTE: Athene became defunct in 1989.

  • The FBI describes once-thriving operations in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and other major cities as virtually defunct.

  • Steinbrenner spent the last years of the Cold War bidding on Navy contracts for his (now defunct) shipyard.

  • After presenting various systems of communication (signs, pictographs, rebuses, shorthand, tallies, Babylonian clay tokens, Peruvian quipus), Robinson discusses such ancient and now defunct but decipherable writing systems as Sumerian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan Greek Linear B, and Mayan glyphs; ditto some of the more outstanding conundra awaiting decipherment--Cretan Linear A, Proto-Elamite, Etruscan, and the Easter Island and Indus scripts.

  • Given the frequency with which the remnants of past retroviral infections are found in the mammalian genome (Smit 1999), in the form of usually defunct endogenous retroviruses (Box 1), it is likely that our genomes are continually bombarded with retroviruses like HIV but that the majority are cleared by innate immune mechanisms like APOBEC3G.


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