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Imperfection, flaw, or deficiency.

That which is subject to a defect is missing a requisite element and, therefore, is not legally binding. Defective Service of Process, for example, is service that does not comply with a procedural or jurisdictional requirement. A defective will is one that has not been properly drawn up, has been obtained by unlawful means, or does not comply with a particular law. In some cases, however, defects can be cured; for example, defective service of process can be cured by the service of an amended complaint.

In Product Liability, a defective product is one that cannot be used for the purposes intended or is made dangerous as a result of a flaw or imperfection. Such a defect might exist in the entire design of a product or in the production of a particular individual product. A latent defect is one that is not readily observable by the buyer of an item, whereas a patent defect is obvious or immediately apparent upon observation.

A fatal defect is one that, due to its serious nature, serves to nullify a contract.


n. an imperfection, quite often so great that the machinery or written document cannot be used. A car that will not run or has faulty brakes has a defect, and so does a deed in which a party who signed the deed to give over property did not have title to the property. There are also minor defects, like scratches that only lessen value, but do not make an object useless. (See: defective, defective title)


noun blemish, blot, damage, deficiency, demerit, deviation, drawback, failing, fault, flaw, foible, frailty, impairment, imperfection, inadequacy, incompleteness, incompletion, infirmity, insufficiency, lack, 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, innerent defect, jurisdictional defect, knowledge of defect, laaent defect, legal defect, material defect, mental defect, obbious defect, open and obvious defect, patent defect, products liability, structural defects


verb abandon allegiance, abdicate, abscond, apostasize, back out, be disloyal, betray, break away, break fealty, break with, cast off, change sides, default, demit, desert, disavow, disobey, disown, forsake, leave, leave unlawfully, mutiny, prove treacherous, quit, rebel, renege, renounce, repudiate, resign, revolt, run away, secede, tergiversate, transfer, violate one's oath, withdraw one's support
See also: abandon, defacement, deficiency, depart, disadvantage, disease, disqualification, drawback, evacuate, fault, flaw, foible, frailty, handicap, leave, part, quit, stigma, vice


in the law of tort or delict, a defect exists if the safety of the product is not such as persons generally are entitled to expect. In terms of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, defect is further explained as involving an examination of all the circumstances, including: the manner in which, and purposes for which, the product has been marketed; its get-up; the use of any mark in relation to the product and any instructions for, or warnings with respect to, doing or refraining from doing anything with or in relation to the product; what might reasonably be expected to be done with or in relation to the product; and the time when the product was supplied by its producer to another. Even if a product is defective, that is not enough to establish liability, particularly in light of the defences available.

DEFECT. The want of something required by law.
     2. It is a general rule that pleadings shall have these two requisites; 1. A matter sufficient in law. 2. That it be deduced and expressed according to the forms of law. The want of either of these is a defect.
     3. Defects in matters of substance cannot be cured, because it does not appear that the plaintiff is entitled to recover; but when the defects are in matter of form, they are cured by a verdict in favor of the party who committed them. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3292; 2 Wash. 1; 1 Hen. & Munf. 153; 16 Pick. 128, 541; 1 Day, 315; 4 Conn, 190; 5 Conn. 416; 6 Conn. 176; 12 Conn. 455; 1 P. C. C. R. 76; 2 Green, 133; 4 Blackf. 107; 2 M'Lean, 35; Bac. Ab. Verdict, X.

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The defector, who uses the pseudonym Kenki Aoyama, was to testify on North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals and development of nuclear weapons and missiles, the lawmakers said.
The defector, who is in his late 30s, also said he went on an undercover trip to Tanzania in 1994 where they bought highly toxic nuclear materials that looked like "glittery black rock" from a group of Eastern Europeans.
A US intelligence official said the CIA and FBI concluded the defector lied during interviews with intelligence officials and lacked basic knowledge of Iran's intelligence apparatus.
The New York Times reported Mesbahi's charges on July 23rd, basing the story on the transcript of a 100-page sealed deposition by the defector provided to the Times by Argentine officials frustrated over the failure to solve the case.
When New York City's power is permanently cut, Agent Myk finds himself immersed in a struggle to not only identify the defector, but piece together puzzles in his own background that could ultimately influence a dangerous game being played on a worldwide arena.
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The defector, Abu Zeinab alQuarairy, a former brigadiergeneral in Saddam's feared Mukhabarat intelligence service, claimed the death squad had a link to the September 11 terror attacks.
The defector, who identified himself as Ahmad Behbahani, told CBS News in the US that he was an intelligence official involved in Iranian terrorism operations for more than a decade before fleeing to Turkey.
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Summary: BANGKOK, Jun 04, SPA -- Documents smuggled out of Myanmar by an army defector indicate its military regime is trying to develop nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, and North Korea is probably assisting the program, an expatriate media group said Friday, according to AP.