Definition of faulty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôltē/

adjective (faultier, faultiest)

1Working badly or unreliably because of imperfections: a car with faulty brakes
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  • The most common defects were bare tyres, faulty brakes, steering and suspension, plus broken headlights and brake lights.
  • That accident, which again involved a truck with faulty brakes, left three people injured and damaged 10 parked vehicles.
  • Of the 12 vehicles with serious defects two of the faulty school buses were repaired and re-tested on site before being cleared.
malfunctioning, broken, damaged, defective, not working, out of order
informal on the blink, acting up, kaput, bust, busted, on the fritz
1.1(Of reasoning and other mental processes) mistaken or misleading because of flaws: faulty logic
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  • We were alerted this week to the fact that we hold incorrect opinions and deploy faulty logic.
  • Yet another reason for faulty divinations simply lies with the diviner making mistakes of interpretation.
  • The reason for applying faulty knowledge is simple.
1.2Having or displaying weaknesses: her character was faulty



Pronunciation: /ˈfôltəlē/
Example sentences
  • But distinctions between what numbers really mean, and could faultily infer, easily are blurred, says Tyler.
  • At times it gets buried behind electronic scrims and sounds like a message received on a faultily tuned AM radio.
  • Printing houses did not summarily discard old or faultily printed sheets.


Pronunciation: /ˈfôltēnəs/
Example sentences
  • As can be clearly seen just above, he appeals to the faultiness of translations regarding difficulties in the Qur'an, but disallows the Christian apologist to make this same appeal regarding the Bible.
  • Further, the faultiness of speaking of the supreme being as having the property of being in any place whatsoever is manifold, because it would be strange to speak of anything whatsoever existing beyond the presence of the sacred being.
  • But over a period of time, when you add your own investigations to the reading, the faultiness of our usual way of seeing things will become clearer and clearer.

Words that rhyme with faulty

balti, salty

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Syllabification: fault·y

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