de·fect /'dē-ˌfekt, di-'fekt/ n: something or a lack of something that results in incompleteness, inadequacy, or imperfection: as
a: a flaw in something (as a product) esp. that creates an unreasonable risk of harm in its normal use see also latent defect
b: an error or omission in a court document (as an indictment or pleading)
c: some imperfection in the chain of title to property that makes the title unmarketable
de·fec·tive /di-'fek-tiv/ adj
de·fec·tive·ly adv
de·fec·tive·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun 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 II verb 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 III index abandon (physically leave), defacement, deficiency, disadvantage, disease, disqualification (factor that disqualifies), drawback, fault (weakness), flaw, foible, frailty, handicap, leave (depart), part (leave), quit (evacuate), stigma, vice

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Under Part I of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 a product is considered to be defective if it does not provide the safety which one might reasonably expect. Whilst not "defined" in the legislation, it is normally accepted that defects may be one of four kinds: a manufacturing defect (when the product does not conform to its specification); a design defect (when the specification itself is inherently faulty); a defect relating to inadequate instructions and warnings; and a defect arising from a failure to monitor or respond to safety concerns or related developments in respect of the product.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

An imperfection or a flaw; a lack or deficiency.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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. See employers' liability, product liability.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

An imperfection in a product, machinery, process, or written document that makes the item unusable or harmful, such as faulty brakes in a car, or invalid, such as a deed signed by someone who does not have title to the property. A defect may also be minor, such as scratches on a car door, that lessens value or use of the item, but does not make it dangerous or useless.
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
@ apparent defect
A flaw or error that should have been noticed by a reasonably observant individual. Also known as a patent defect.
@ design defect
An error or flaw introduced, or not detected, during the design of the process or product.
=>> defect
@ fatal defect
Pertaining to a contract or a pleading, an error or flaw of such gravity that it may invalidate the document in question.
+fatal defect Pertaining to a contract or a pleading, an error or flaw of such gravity that it invalidates the document in question.
@ manufacturing defect
An error or flaw in a product, introduced during the manufacturing rather than the design phase.
@ marketing defect
The failure either to inform users of the appropriate way to use a product so as to avoid harm, or to disclose an error or flaw in a product that may cause harm to a user.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Imperfection, flaw, or deficiency.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Imperfection, flaw, or deficiency.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   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 described. There are also minor defects, like scratches that only lessen value but do not make an object useless.
   See also: defective, defective title

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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