ADJ. fundamental, important, major, serious a fundamental defect in the product | minor, slight, small Goods with slight defects are sold at half price. | building, mechanical, structural | birth, congenital, genetic All lambs are checked for birth defects when they are born. | eye, heart, physical, sight, speech, visual | character
VERB + DEFECT contain, have, suffer from The book contains serious defects. He has a congenital heart defect. | find The inspector found defects in the aircraft's construction. | correct, cure, remedy, repair This is a physical defect that cannot be cured. The builders agreed to remedy the structural defects.
PREP. ~ in major defects in the education system | ~ of a defect of her character