For all his defects, he had the qualities that are most needed to overcome the defects in our current political system.
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.
Izetbegovic did not acknowledge the importance of the offer, but focused solely on its defects.
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.