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de facto 
in fact; actual

defame, defamed, defaming-transitive verbs
to attack the reputation of; slander or libel
defamatory-adjective
defamer-noun

deference-noun
submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another; courteous respect

defiance-noun
open, bold resistance to opposition 
defiant-adjective
challenging; openly and boldly resisting 
defy-transitive verb
to resist or oppose boldly or openly

deficient-adjective
lacking in some necessary quality or element (deficient in judgment); not up to a normal standard or complement; defective (deficient strength) 
deficiently-adverb
deficient-noun
one that is deficient (a mental deficient)
deficiency-noun, plural-deficiencies
the quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy; a lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health; an insufficiency (a nutritional deficiency)

define, defined, defining, defines-verbs
transitive verb use-to describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain (define the properties of support underlying the Universe); to state the precise meaning of (a word or sense of a word, for example); to specify distinctly; to serve to distinguish; characterize
intransitive verb-use-to make or write a definition
definability-noun
definable-adjective
definably-adverb
definement, definer-nouns

definitive-adjective
precisely defined or explicit-(definitive laws – laws defining measurable occurrences); authoritative and apparently exhaustive; serving as a perfect example; quintessential; supplying or being a final settlement or decision; conclusive; decisive; authoritative and complete (a definitive biography)
definitive, definitiveness-nouns
definitively-adverb
synonym-conclusive
Grammar –-a word that defines or limits, such as the definite article or a demonstrative pronoun

deflect, deflected, deflecting, deflects-intransitive-and-transitive verbs
to turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate
deflectable,-deflective-adjectives
deflector-noun

defunct
no longer living, existing, or functioning (the committee is now defunct) 
synonym-dead

deft, defter, deftest-adjective
quick and skillful; adroit; dexterous
deftly-adverb
deftness-noun

degenerate-adjective
having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state (acid rock shows music can degenerate from lifting one's spirit, to a  level of dissonance-commensurate with emotions produced); having fallen to an inferior or undesirable state, especially in mental or moral qualities
degenerate, degenerated, degenerating, degenerates-intransitive verbs
degenerately-adverb
degenerateness-noun

degradation
the act or process of degrading; the state of being degraded; degeneration; a decline to a lower condition, quality, or level; chemistry – decomposition of a compound by stages, exhibiting well defined intermediate products

degrade-transitive verb
to lower in rank or status, quality, moral character, etc.
degradation-noun
a degrading or being degraded

Deity-noun
inflected form(s)-plural-Deities
the rank or essential nature of God; Divinity; Supreme Being

de jure
in accordance with law

delectable-adjective
greatly pleasing; delightful; greatly pleasing to the taste; delicious
delectable, delectability or delectableness-nouns
something delightful or delicious (a feast of homecooked delectables)
delectably-adverb

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