flawed

[flawd]

Origin:
1595–1605; flaw1 + -ed3

flawedness, noun
nonflawed, adjective
unflawed, adjective
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flaw

1 [flaw]
noun
1.
a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
2.
a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
3.
a crack, break, breach, or rent.
verb (used with object)
4.
to produce a flaw in.
verb (used without object)
5.
to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English flaw(e), flage, perhaps < Old Norse flaga sliver, flake

flawless, adjective


1. imperfection, blot, spot. See defect. 3. fissure, rift.
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flaw1 (flɔː)
 
n
1.  an imperfection, defect, or blemish
2.  a crack, breach, or rift
3.  law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
 
vb
4.  to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
 
[C14: probably from Old Norse flaga stone slab; related to Swedish flaga chip, flake, flaw]
 
'flawless1
 
adj
 
'flawlessly1
 
adv
 
'flawlessness1
 
n

flaw2 (flɔː)
 
n
1.  a.  a sudden short gust of wind; squall
 b.  a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
2.  obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
 
[C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian flaga squall, gust, Middle Dutch vlāghe]
 
'flawy2
 
adj

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flaw
early 14c., "snowflake, spark of fire," from O.N. flaga "stone slab, flake" (see flagstone); sense of "defect, fault" first recorded 1580s, first of character, later (c.1600) of material things; probably via notion of a "fragment" broken off. Related: Flawed (early 15c.).
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Example sentences
Cooper's remarkable life transcended his humble origins as a nearly illiterate
  wheelwright and his flamboyantly flawed ethics.
Even now they are not safe, for despite their elegant history and their
  acrobatic grace, they are flawed creatures.
The skeptics were not happy and immediately claimed that the study was flawed.
The sinking city faces rising seas and stronger hurricanes, protected only by
  dwindling wetlands and flawed levees.
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