flaw Definition

  • 1a mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object
  • 2a weakness or defect in a person's character or behavior

Using flaw: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flaw" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The diamond had a flaw that made it less valuable.

  • Example

    There was a major flaw in the plan that needed to be addressed.

  • Example

    Her biggest flaw is her lack of confidence.

  • Example

    He has a flaw in his personality that makes him difficult to work with.

flaw Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with flaw

  • a weakness or vulnerability that can be exploited


    The team's defense had a flaw in the armor that the opposing team was able to take advantage of.

  • a fundamental weakness or defect that ultimately leads to failure or downfall


    His fatal flaw was his inability to control his temper, which led to his downfall.

  • a problem or weakness in a process or organization that allows errors or mistakes to occur


    The recent security breach was caused by a flaw in the system that allowed hackers to gain access to sensitive information.

Origins of flaw

from Old Norse 'flaga', meaning 'flake of snow'


Summary: flaw in Brief

The term 'flaw' [flɔː] refers to a mark, fault, or imperfection that mars an object or substance, or a weakness or defect in a person's character or behavior. It can refer to physical or abstract contexts, such as 'The diamond had a flaw that made it less valuable.' or 'Her biggest flaw is her lack of confidence.' Phrases like 'flaw in the armor' and 'fatal flaw' denote vulnerabilities and fundamental weaknesses, while 'flaw in the system' refers to problems in processes or organizations.

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