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defect1

Syllabification: de·fect
Pronunciation: /ˈdēfekt
 
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noun

A shortcoming, imperfection, or lack: genetic defects the property is free from defect
More example sentences
  • At the same time, our mind has the potential to become completely free of defects and limitations.
  • Many suffer needlessly from eye defects due top lack of knowledge and basic equipment.
  • These toxins can damage immune systems, trigger cancers and cause genetic defects.
Synonyms
mistake, error
informal glitch
Computing bug

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun, influenced by Old French defect 'deficiency'): from Latin defectus, past participle of deficere 'desert or fail', from de- (expressing reversal) + facere 'do'.

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defect2

Syllabification: de·fect
Pronunciation: /dəˈfekt
 
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verb

[no object]
Abandon one’s country or cause in favor of an opposing one: he defected to the Soviet Union after the war
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  • Managers for the candidates raced around the floor trying to pry delegates away from their opponents, and to keep those already on their side from defecting.
  • Alibekov defected to the United States in 1992, changed his name, and made the talk-show circuit.
  • He was one of about ten people who defected in that direction.
Synonyms
desert, change sides, turn traitor, rebel, renege;
abscond, quit, jump ship, escape;
secede from, revolt against;
Military go AWOL;
Politics cross the floor
literary forsake

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin defect- 'failed', from the verb deficere (see defect1).

Derivatives

defector

1
noun
Example sentences
  • It had been almost impossible to locate two prisoners, much less two defectors.
  • The CIA freed Nosenko in 1967, finally concluding he was a bona fide defector after all.
  • If one prisoner grasses on the other, the other will face the full sentence and the defector will go free.
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