What is the meaning of flaw?


  • An imperfection in an object or machine.
    • usage: "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
  • Defect or weakness in a person's character.
    • usage: "he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless"
  • An imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness.


  • Add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective.
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APAWordNet. (2010). flaw. Retrieved February 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/flaw/definitions/1247030
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "flaw" http://smartdefine.org/flaw/definitions/1247030 (accessed February 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, flaw, Smart Define, viewed 24 February, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/flaw/definitions/1247030>.
MLAWordNet. "flaw" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 February 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/flaw/definitions/1247030>
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