The least dedicated might defect as soon as 10 percent of the security forces have given up, another at 20, and so forth.
He also may have tried to defect from the Taliban after they lost the war and join up with the Afghan government.
A child can see the defect in this reasoning; at least, a child who studies the law.
early 15c., from Middle French defect and directly from Latin defectus "failure, revolt, falling away," noun use of past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see deficient).
1570s, from Latin defectus, past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see defect (n.)). Related: Defected; defecting.
defect de·fect (dē'fěkt', dĭ-fěkt')
A lack of or abnormality in something necessary for normal functioning; a deficiency or imperfection.