latent defect
latent defect n: a defect (as in a product or property) that is not discoverable by reasonable or customary inspection
a latent defect excluded from the homeowner's insurance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

latent defect
n.
A defect in an object that is not apparent on reasonable inspection or through the use of ordinary care.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


latent defect
A hidden flaw, weakness, or imperfection that cannot be discovered by reasonable inspection. It may refer to real property (a hidden defect in the title to land) or personal property (a defect in the steering mechanism of a car). Discovery of a latent defect generally entitles the purchaser to a refund or a nondefective replacement. Compare: patent defect
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

latent defect
Also known as inherent defect. A defect in a property that is due to a defect in design, materials, workmanship, or supervision of contractors or site preparation works which existed but was not apparent on completion of the building works.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


latent defect
n. A hidden flaw that cannot be readily ascertained from mere observation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

latent defect
n.
   a hidden flaw, weakness or imperfection in an article which a seller knows about, but the buyer cannot discover by reasonable inspection. It includes a hidden defect in the title to land, such as an incorrect property description. Generally, this entitles the purchaser to get his/her money back (rescind the deal) or get a replacement without a defect on the basis of "implied" warranty of quality that a buyer could expect ("merchantability"). Even an "as is" purchase could be rescinded if it could be shown the seller knew of the flaw.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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