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fault

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noun \ˈfȯlt, in poetry also ˈfȯt\

Definition of fault

  1. 1 obsolete :  lack

  2. 2a :  weakness, failing; especially :  a moral weakness less serious than a vice He loves her despite her many faults.b :  a physical or intellectual imperfection or impairment :  defect a theory with some serious faultsc :  an error especially in service in a net or racket game She committed too many faults to win the match.

  3. 3a :  misdemeanor a small boy's faultsb :  mistake The misplacement of “only” is one of the most common writing faults.

  4. 4 :  responsibility for wrongdoing or failure the accident was the driver's fault

  5. 5 :  a fracture in the crust of a planet (such as the earth) or moon accompanied by a displacement of one side of the fracture with respect to the other usually in a direction parallel to the fracture Frequent earthquakes have occurred along the San Andreas Fault.

at fault

  1. 1 :  unable to find the scent and continue chase

  2. 2 :  open to blame :  responsible you were really at fault

to a fault

  1. :  to an excessive degree precise to a fault

Examples of fault in a Sentence

  1. Lack of courage is his worst fault.

  2. If the book has a fault, it's that it's too long.

  3. It's your own fault you missed that bus.

  4. Through no fault of his own, he won't be able to attend the meeting.

  5. She committed too many faults to win the match.

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Origin and Etymology of fault

Middle English faute, falte, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *fallita, from feminine of fallitus, past participle of Latin fallere to deceive, disappoint

Synonym Discussion of fault

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit. a writer of many virtues and few faults failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character. being late is a failing of mine frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation. human frailties foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy. an eccentric's charming foibles vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others. compulsive gambling was his vice

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fault

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Definition of fault

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit a fault :  err

  3. 2 :  to fracture so as to produce a geologic fault

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to find a fault in easy to praise this book and to fault it — H. G. Roepke

  6. 2 :  to produce a geologic fault in

  7. 3 :  blame, censure can't fault them for not coming

Examples of fault in a Sentence

  1. The truck driver was faulted for the accident.

  2. Many have faulted her for not acting sooner.

  3. I can't fault him for trying to protect his family.

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Origin and Etymology of fault

see 1fault


FAULT Defined for English Language Learners

fault

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Definition of fault for English Language Learners

  • : a bad quality or part of someone's character : a weakness in character

  • : a problem or bad part that prevents something from being perfect : a flaw or defect

  • : responsibility for a problem, mistake, bad situation, etc.

fault

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Definition of fault for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize (something)

  • : to blame or criticize (someone)


FAULT Defined for Kids

fault

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noun \ˈfȯlt\

Definition of fault for Students

  1. 1 :  a weakness in character :  failing Forgetfulness is my worst fault.

  2. 2 :  responsibility for something wrong Why should he take the blame when it wasn't his fault?

  3. 3 :  flaw, imperfection She bought the jacket even though it had a fault.

  4. 4 :  a crack in the earth's crust along which movement occurs

at fault

  1. :  responsible for something wrong


Law Dictionary

fault

noun

Legal Definition of fault

  1. 1 :  a usually intentional act forbidden by law; also :  a usually intentional omission to do something (as to exercise due care) required by law — see also negligence — compare no-fault, strict liability at liability Editor's note: Sometimes when fault is used in legal contexts it includes negligence, sometimes it is considered synonymous with negligence, and sometimes it is distinguished from negligence. Fault and negligence are the usual bases for liability in the law of torts.

  2. 2 :  responsibility for an act or omission that causes damage or injury to another relative degrees of fault — see also comparative fault

at fault

  1. :  liable or responsible based on fault was not at fault

Origin and Etymology of fault

Anglo-French faute lack, failing, ultimately from Latin fallere to deceive, disappoint



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