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defect

de·fect

defect

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: di fekt
definition 1: a flaw, error, or other imperfection.
The cars were found to have defects in their fuel systems.She doesn't see her own beauty and thinks only of her defects.Forgetfulness is my worst defect.
synonyms:
fault, flaw, imperfection
similar words:
blemish, blot, bug, drawback, error, foible, hole, impediment, kink, liability, mistake, negative, snag, vice, weakness
definition 2: a lack of something needed for adequacy, completeness, or perfection; shortcoming; deficiency.
His inability to do simple math reflects a defect in his education.
synonyms:
deficiency, failing, inadequacy, insufficiency, shortcoming
antonyms:
excess
similar words:
dearth, fault, incompleteness, lack, shortage, shortfall, vice
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: dih fekt
inflections: defected, defecting, defects
definition: to abandon a cause, political party, country, or the like, esp. in order to join another.
The ballerina defected from the Soviet Union and took up residence in England.He defected from the Republicans to become an independent.
similar words:
desert, secede, turn