- An example of a defect is a genetic condition that causes weakness or death.
- An example of a defect is faulty wiring that results in a product not working.
- lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming
- an imperfection or weakness; fault; flaw; blemish
Origin of defectMiddle English from Classical Latin defectus from deficere, to undo, fail from de-, from + facere, to do
- to forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition
- to leave one's country because of disapproval of its political policies and settle in another that opposes such policies
intransitive verbde·fect·ed, de·fect·ing, de·fects
- To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
- To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
Origin of defectMiddle English from Latin dēfectus failure, want from past participle of dēficere to desert, be wanting dē- de- facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present defects, present participle defecting, simple past and past participle defected)
From Middle French defaicte, from Latin defectus (“a failure, lack”), from deficere (“to fail, lack, literally 'undo'”), from past participle defectus, from de- (“priv.”) + facere (“to do”).
defect - Legal Definition