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1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; opposed to superfluity. "Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied." (Davies)

2. 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. "Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, Make use of every friend any every foe." (Pope) "Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects." (Macaulay)

Synonyms: Deficiency, imperfection, blemish. See Fault.

Origin: L. Defectus, fr. Deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de- + facere = to make, do. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Deficit.

(01 Mar 1998)

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