from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. able to be defected, able to be turned against
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Liable to defect; imperfect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking; deficient; needy.
For God, the supremely good, is not the author of evils, but the rational and defectible will is the cause of sin; wherefore let no one impute his midsdeeds and crimes to God, but to himself, according to Jer.
But although every individual man may fail, yet the Church is still infallible; although every man, being defectible, may fall away, yet "the gates of hell shall never prevail against the Church."
So that, according to this discourse, the basis of tradition is not man's nature considered as moral, and capable of intellectual reflection; for in this consideration it is dark and defectible: but man's nature considered only as capable of "direct sensitive knowledge," as acting naturally and necessarily.
If we didn't already know that she had the benefit of a divine teaching office at her disposal, we might almost be led to suspect that the one true church was just another fallible, defectible, and wholly uninspired organization.
And if man, according to his moral part, be (as he says) defectible, how can the indefectibility of tradition be founded in those arguments which work upon man only according to his moral part? "