Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lacking in seme particular which is essential to the completeness, legal sufficiency or security of the object spoken of; as, a "defective" highway or bridge, (Munson v. Derby, 37 Conn. 310, 9 Ain. Rep. 332; Whitney v. Ticonderoga, 53 Hun, 214, 6 N. Y. Supp. 844;) machinery, (Machinery Co. v. Brady, 60 III. App. 379;) writ or recognizance, (State v. Lavalley, 9 Mo. 836; McArthur v. Boynton, 19 Co.lo. App. 234, 74 Pan. 542;) or title, (Co.pertinl v. Op-permann, 76 Cal. 181, 18 Pac. 256.)