Meaning of scriptio defectiva in English:

scriptio defectiva

Pronunciation /ˌskrɪptɪəʊ dɪˈfɛktɪvə/


  • A style of spelling in Semitic languages (especially Hebrew) in which vowel sounds are not represented by letters which also represent (and originally represented) consonants. Compare scriptio plena and see note at that entry.


Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin scriptio defectiva from classical Latin scrīptiō + post-classical Latin defectiva, feminine of defectivus, after post-biblical Hebrew kĕṯiḇ ḥasar (second half of the first millennium).