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defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈ\

Simple Definition of defect

  • : a physical problem that causes something to be less valuable, effective, healthy, etc.

  • : something that causes weakness or failure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defect

  1. 1 a :  an imperfection that impairs worth or utility :  shortcoming <the grave defects in our foreign policy> b :  an imperfection (as a vacancy or an unlike atom) in a crystal lattice

  2. 2 [Latin defectus] :  a lack of something necessary for completeness, adequacy, or perfection :  deficiency <a hearing defect>

Examples of defect in a sentence

  1. They examine their products for defects.

  2. She was born with a heart defect.

  3. Vanity and pride were his two worst character defects.



Origin of defect

Middle English, from Latin defectus lack, from deficere to desert, fail, from de- + facere to do — more at do


First Known Use: 15th century


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defect

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verb de·fect \di-ˈfekt\

Simple Definition of defect

  • : to leave a country, political party, organization, etc., and go to a different one that is a competitor or an enemy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defect

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to forsake one cause, party, or nation for another often because of a change in ideology

  3. 2 :  to leave one situation (as a job) often to go over to a rival <the reporter defected to another network>

defector play \-ˈfek-tər\ noun

Examples of defect in a sentence

  1. The Russian scholar defected in 1979.

  2. She defected from the conservative party.

  3. He defected to the West before the war began.

  4. The reporter defected to another TV network.



Origin of defect

Latin defectus, past participle of deficere


First Known Use: 1596


DEFECT Defined for Kids

defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈfekt\

Definition of defect for Students

  1. 1 :  something that makes a thing imperfect :  flaw <A slight defect lowered the diamond's value.>

  2. 2 :  a lack of something needed for perfection <Doctors can correct the hearing defect.>




Medical Dictionary

defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈ\

Medical Definition of defect

  1. :  a lack or deficiency of something necessary for adequacy in form or function <a hearing defect>




Law Dictionary

defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈfekt\

Legal Definition of defect

  1. :  something or a lack of something that results in incompleteness, inadequacy, or imperfection: as a :  a flaw in something (as a product) especially that creates an unreasonable risk of harm in its normal use — see also latent defect b :  an error or omission in a court document (as an indictment or pleading) c :  some imperfection in the chain of title to property that makes the title unmarketable

defective \di-ˈfek-tiv\ play adjective
defectively adverb
defectiveness noun




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