- defective bacteriophage,
- defective virus,
- defective year,
Origin of defection
Examples from the Web for defection
At the time of his defection, he felt a strong need to get out of Cuba, and accomplished just that.
But Habib has yet to appear publicly, and Syrian state media denied the defection, insisting that Habib was still at home.Fearful of a U.S. Strike, Defectors Flee the Syrian Army|Mike Giglio|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A leader in the movement, Picciolini was able to frame his defection as a retirement.Derek Black, the Reluctant Racist, and His Exit From White Nationalism|Caitlin Dickson|July 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Kristol's defection from the pro-plutocracy wing of the GOP is an interesting indicator that, yes, change is in the air.
That defection sparked a massive political crisis the party has desperately wanted to resolve before the leadership transition.Communist Party Expels Bo Xilai, Who Now Faces Trial|Dan Levin|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
On the 8th, there was a defection of a different kind, but yet sensible.A Footnote to History|Robert Louis Stevenson
Yet it may well be that in his defection we have to see a stage in the transition from Welf to Guelf.Dante: His Times and His Work|Arthur John Butler
After Uchida's defection old Kano remained constantly at home.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Plunkett, having heard of this, promptly took measures to avert the defection of his good friends on the Run.The Graysons|Edward Eggleston
She thought her Italian possessions secure, even in case of the defection of the Sardinian king.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from Latin defectionem (nominative defectio) "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). Originally used often of faith.