1. detective agency an agency that makes inquiries for its clients
  2. detective story a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution
  3. detective a police officer who investigates crimes
  4. detective work a police investigation to determine the perpetrator
  5. defectiveness the state of being defective
  6. objective the goal intended to be attained
  7. detective novel novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end
  8. directiveness the quality of being directive
  9. deductive relating to reasoning from the general to the particular
  10. connective tissue tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
  11. direct evidence evidence directly related to the fact in dispute
  12. deactivate remove from active military status or reassign
  13. digestive tube tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
  14. detected perceived or discerned
  15. directivity the quality of being directive
  16. perfective tense a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
  17. protective tariff a tariff imposed to protect domestic firms from import competition
  18. destructiveness the quality of causing destruction
  19. defective having a flaw
  20. adjective the word class that qualifies nouns