AskDefine | Define faulty

Dictionary Definition

faulty adj
1 characterized by errors; "he submitted a faulty report"
2 having a defect; "I returned the appliance because it was defective" [syn: defective] [also: faultiest, faultier]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈfɔːlti/, /"fO:lti/



  1. Having or displaying faults; not perfect; not adequate or acceptable.
    They replaced the faulty wiring and it has worked fine ever since.
    I don't think you can infer that from the premise. It's a faulty argument.


having or displaying faults; not perfect; not adequate or acceptable

Extensive Definition

Fault may refer to:
  • Fault (geology), planar rock fractures which show evidence of relative movement
  • Fault (technology), an abnormal condition or defect at the component, equipment, or sub-system level which may lead to a failure
  • An asymmetric fault or symmetric fault in an electric power system
  • Fault (dog), in animal breeding, is a conformation point whose state or quality falls outside of the acceptable range for the attribute being judged
  • In tennis, a "fault" could be either a foot fault or a service fault, where an aspect of the server's serve is not in line with the rules of the game
  • Fault (legal), in criminal law, one must determine fault in a crime.
faulty in French: Faute

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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