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A flaw in a system or system component that causes the system or component to fail to perform its required function. A defect, if encountered during execution, may cause a failure of the system. [ CMMi ]

Other Definitions

Defect [ IEEE 1490
An imperfection or deficiency in a project component where that component does not meet its requirements or specifications and needs to be either repaired or replaced.


  • (1) Omissions and imperfections found during early life cycle phases and (2) faults contained in software sufficiently mature for test or operation. [ ISO/IEC/IEEE 24765 ]

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