: having a defect or imperfection
a flawed diamond
a flawed plan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ethanol industry groups make the case that those studies are outdated and otherwise flawed. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 29 May 2023 My research shows that DSM criteria for substance use disorder are in themselves flawed and relying on a criterion count as an indicator of substance use severity has several limitations. Cassandra L. Boness, STAT, 25 May 2023 Jayawickreme believes that media coverage and flawed research methodologies have unintentionally exaggerated the prevalence of post-traumatic growth. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 Journals can withdraw papers for a number of legitimate reasons, like flawed data. Benjamin Mueller, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2023 At the core of the lawsuit is the allegation that the FDA's initial approval of mifepristone was flawed because the agency did not adequately review safety risks. CBS News, 13 Apr. 2023 For instance, strategy won’t resolve cultural issues, nor will strategy fix a fundamentally flawed product. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 There’s no way to explain it other than the Purdue Boilermakers melting down like a flawed nuclear reactor. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 18 Mar. 2023 Writer/director David Lancaster’s feature tells the story of Vincent, a flawed genius who began designing speed record-breaking bikes in England nearly a century ago. Gregg Goldstein, Variety, 15 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flawed was in 1608

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“Flawed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flawed. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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