Definition of fault-finding in English:

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fault-finding

Pronunciation: /fôlt ˈfīndiNG/

noun

1Continual criticism, typically concerning trivial things.
Example sentences
  • Planetary placements are definitely Virgo-friendly at present so why squander them on fault-finding and criticising?
  • When you have to confront your child, avoid blaming, criticizing, or fault-finding, which undermine self-esteem and can lead to resentment.
  • Your personality has a much more critical and fault-finding tone.
Synonyms
criticism, captiousness, caviling, quibbling;
complaining, grumbling, carping, moaning
informal nitpicking, griping, grousing, bellyaching
2The investigation of the cause of malfunction in machinery, especially electronic equipment.
Example sentences
  • The incredibly helpful error message of ‘an unidentified error has occurred’ isn't exactly helpful when it comes to fault-finding and trouble-shooting either.
  • I do a lot of fault-finding on the jets - it's highly-skilled work.
  • Copies of a new health book that looks like a car manual, offering a no-nonsense guide to fault-finding and fixing, are being handed out.

Derivatives

fault-finder

noun
Example sentences
  • There are fault-finders in the world who live to bicker.
  • He was a great fault-finder [yet he] found no fault with himself.
  • You are a fault-finder who must correct other people when they are wrong.

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Syllabification: fault-find·ing

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