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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Defect

Meaning of Defect

Lack, want or absence of somethin legally requisite; a deficiency ; the lack o absence of something necessary for com pleteness or perfection.

Defect Alternative Definition

The want of something required by law. See 20 N. Y. 355; 40 Barb. (N. Y.) 574.

Synonyms of Defect


  • abandon allegiance
  • abdicate
  • abscond
  • apostasize
  • back out
  • be disloyal
  • betray
  • break away
  • break fealty
  • break with
  • cast off
  • change sides
  • default
  • demit
  • depart
  • desert
  • disavow
  • disobey
  • disown
  • forsake
  • leave
  • leave unlawfully
  • mutiny
  • prove treacherous
  • quit
  • rebel
  • reject
  • renege
  • renounce
  • repudiate
  • resign
  • revolt
  • run away
  • secede
  • tergiversate
  • transfer
  • violate one's oath
  • withdraw one's support


  • blemish
  • blot
  • damage
  • deficiency
  • deformity
  • demerit
  • deviation
  • drawback
  • failing
  • fault
  • faultiness
  • flaw
  • foible
  • frailty
  • impairment
  • imperfection
  • impotency
  • inadequacy
  • incompleteness
  • incompletion
  • infirmity
  • insufficiency
  • lack
  • mendum
  • mistake
  • mutilation
  • shortcoming
  • weakness
  • Associated Concepts: actionable defect
  • concealed defect
  • cure of defects
  • dangerous defect
  • defect appearing upon face of record
  • defect in description
  • defect in form
  • defect in material or workmanship
  • defect in title
  • defect of parties
  • defect of substance
  • hidden defects
  • immaterial defects
  • inherent defect
  • jurisdictional defect
  • knowledge of defect
  • latent defect
  • legal defect
  • material defect
  • mental defect
  • obvious defect
  • open and obvious defect
  • patent defect
  • products liability
  • structural defects

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Amend, Amendment, Bona Fide, Color Of Title, Concealers, Fault, General Demurrer, Holder In Due Course, Latent Defect, Mcnaghten's Rule, Mental Disease, Negotiable Instrument, Nonsuit, Perfect, , Redhibition, Sample, Special Demurrer.


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Defect in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of defect.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Policeman
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Defect

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Defect :

1. A fault or failing in a thing. The defect may be obvious (a patent defect) or it may not be apparent at first (a latent defect). In a sale of goods, the buyer usually has a legal remedy against a professional seller if the goods have a latent defect. If there is a patent defect he usually has no such remedy if he had an opportunity to inspect the goods before purchase.

See also satisfactory quality.

2. (defect in a product) A fault in a product as defined in the Consumer Protection Act 1987. A defect exists in products under the Act when the safety of the products is not what people generally are entitled to expect. In determining what people are entitled to expect, reference should be made to the way in which the goods are marked, any warnings issued with them, and the time of supply. The Act implements EU directive 85/374 on *products liability.

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