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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]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.