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English definition of “latent defect”

latent defect

noun [C]    
PRODUCTION a defect or problem with a product , property , etc. that is hard to notice and may not be noticed before it is bought : When buying real estate , a cracked foundation is a serious latent defect that should be avoided . → Compare patent defect
(Definition of latent defect noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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