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if something is defective is it "defectueux" or defaillant? the noun defect i think is "le defaut".  i know echec as failure.  the dictionary says defaillance refers to a mechanical breakdown.  

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I don't know for defective.

for these two words, the result may be the same.

But "défectueux" is for a not perfect thing, There is a defect somewhere.

and défaillant is for something with a breakdown.

for example, the titanic had "des rivets défectueux" these rivets had a lower quality.

when the motor is "défaillant" the car doesn't start. maybe the motor is broken, and maybe a piece in the motor is "défectueuse"

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