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[fawl-tee] /ˈfɔl ti/
adjective, faultier, faultiest.
having faults or defects; imperfect.
Origin of faulty
1300-50; Middle English fauty. See fault, -y1
Related forms
faultily, adverb
faultiness, noun
nonfaulty, adjective
unfaulty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for faulty
  • Most condom failures result from incorrect use of the condom, not because the condom itself was faulty.
  • When such an outlet does not work because of a faulty switch, testing is required.
  • After all, users are on their own, with little in the way of legal redress for any damage caused by faulty software.
  • Today faulty human heart valves are routinely replaced with ones taken from cows and pigs.
  • But faulty engine nozzles or other damage to the engine could make that impossible.
  • Fixing faulty tags requires what's known as a tag editor.
  • But relying on students to come forward may be a faulty strategy.
  • Independent reports suggest the airline failed to implement the aircraft manufacturer's instructions to replace a faulty part.
  • Their tanks are rusted and their regulators are often faulty.
  • Lots of free and faulty interpretation commented here that is not accurate.
British Dictionary definitions for faulty


adjective faultier, faultiest
defective or imperfect
(archaic) culpable
Derived Forms
faultily, adverb
faultiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faulty

late 14c., from fault (n.) + -y (2). Related: Faultiness.

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