Part of speech: noun

Lack of something essential; imperfectiom; blemish; failing; fault.

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Usage examples "defect":

  1. I have already mentioned this defect in the chapter on Accent. - "Style in Singing", W. E. Haslam.
  2. And what measure is there of the relations of pleasure to pain other than excess and defect, which means that they become greater and smaller, and more and fewer, and differ in degree? - "The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece", Various.
  3. Another defect of Milner as a historian is, that he is rather too anxious 'to improve the occasion. - "The English Church in the Eighteenth Century", Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton.