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flaw1 / flô/ • n. a mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object: plates with flaws in them were sold at the outlet store. ∎  a fault or weakness in a person's character: he had his flaws, but he was still a great teacher. ∎  a mistake or shortcoming in a plan, theory, or legal document that causes it to fail or reduces its effectiveness: there were fundamental flaws in the case for reforming local government. • v. [tr.] (usu. be flawed) (of an imperfection) mar, weaken, or invalidate (something): the computer game was flawed by poor programming. flaw2 • n. poetic/lit. a squall of wind; a short storm.

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