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Synonyms of 'defect'

(noun) 
Definition
an imperfection or blemish
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
Synonyms
deficiency
the most serious deficiency in their air defence
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want
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
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failing
We are often unaware of our own failings.
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lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
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mistake
Spelling mistakes are often just the result of haste.
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fault
His manners always made her blind to his faults.
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error
NASA discovered a mathematical error in its calculations.
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absence
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
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weakness
His main weakness was his bad temper.
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flaw
The only flaw in his character is a short temper.
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shortcoming
His book has its shortcomings.
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inadequacy
We all make an effort to ignore our own inadequacies.
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imperfection
He concedes that there are imperfections in the socialist system.
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frailty
She is aware of his faults and frailties.
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foible
human foibles and weaknesses
(verb) 
Definition
to desert one's country or cause to join the opposing forces
She insisted that customers who had defected to cheaper coffee shops would return eventually.
Synonyms
desert
He deserted from the army last month.
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rebel
Poverty-stricken citizens could rise up and rebel.
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quit
Police were called when he refused to quit the building.
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revolt
The townspeople revolted.
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change sides
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of absence
Definition
the fact of being without something
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
Synonyms
privation (formal),
unavailability,
nonexistence
in the sense of apostatize
Synonyms
turn traitor
in the sense of error
Definition
a mistake, inaccuracy, or misjudgment
NASA discovered a mathematical error in its calculations.
Synonyms
boob (British, slang),
howler (informal),
bloomer (British, informal),
miscalculation,
solecism (formal),
barry or Barry Crocker (Australian, slang),
boner (slang, US)

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