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English noun: flaw

1. flaw (state) an imperfection in an object or machine


SamplesA flaw caused the crystal to shatter.
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer.


Synonymsdefect, fault


Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness


Narrower (hyponym)blister, bug, glitch, hole

2. flaw (state) defect or weakness in a person's character


SamplesHe had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless.


Broader (hypernym)failing, weakness


Narrower (hyponym)hamartia, tragic flaw

3. flaw (state) an imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness


Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness


English verb: flaw

1. flaw (change) add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective


Synonymsblemish


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)damage









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