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Definition of defect:

  1. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.
  2. To fail; to become deficient.
  3. To injure; to damage.
  4. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; - opposed to superfluity.

Synonyms:

lack, demonstrate, smirch, demerit, sin, failing, excess, unsoundness, soil, shortfall, gap, geological fault, weakness, seam, chase, patch, rat, injury, poverty, help, daub, blindness, blur, paucity, shift, change sides, flaw, blacklist, blind spot, insufficiency, bug, boycott, foible, desolate, bring down, dent, approach, better, desert, foment, trust, turn, beautiful, knot, frailty, apostatize, shortcoming, scarcity, deficit, blemish, dislodge, excrescence, excrescency, underage, weak point, fault, twist, renegade, break, tergiversate, scarceness, Achilles' heel, destabilize, blight, disgrace, shortage, scantiness, scantness, agitate, reproach, infirmity, vice, dishonor, faulting.

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