- characterized by flaws; having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.
Origin of flawed
- a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
- a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
- a crack, break, breach, or rent.
- to produce a flaw in.
- to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
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Examples from the Web for flawed
On the other end of the spectrum, there lies an artist like Lena Dunham, who engages in a flaunting of the flawed self.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Despite the actions of a flawed few, it is arguably the finest professional police force in the world.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
Islands overrun by flawed people, both indigenous and imperialist.How Haoles Destroyed Hawaii
December 7, 2014
This is a new version of Catman, his past is yet to be told, but an ordeal made him not just badass, but flawed, deeply flawed.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
Court cases are flawed devices to sort out and solve such important social problems.There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
They may be flawed—they may be true—hardly any one has thought of sounding them.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
And yet much of Tarkington's work is flawed by a curious failing.Seeing Things at Night
The clear mirror had caught its own image clearly in the flawed one at last.The Turmoil
And it was something golden and immortal in her poor, flawed, human heart.The Brimming Cup
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It is the American story—a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.
- an imperfection, defect, or blemish
- a crack, breach, or rift
- law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
- to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
- a sudden short gust of wind; squall
- a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
- obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
Word Origin and History for flawed
early 15c. (implied in flawed); see flaw (n.). Related: Flawing.
early 14c., "a flake" (of snow), also in Middle English "a spark of fire; a splinter," from Old Norse 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.