- A shortcoming, imperfection, or lack: genetic defects the property is free from defectMore 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.
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'.
- Abandon one’s country or cause in favor of an opposing one: he defected to the Soviet Union after the warMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin defect- 'failed', from the verb deficere (see defect1).