\ ˈfȯl-tē How to pronounce faulty (audio) \
faultier; faultiest

Definition of faulty

: marked by fault or defect : imperfect

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faultily \ ˈfȯl-​tə-​lē How to pronounce faultily (audio) \ adverb
faultiness \ ˈfȯl-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce faultiness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of faulty in a Sentence

the cause of the plane crash was traced to faulty wiring
Recent Examples on the Web The Panthers then turned the ball over on a faulty exchange between Fields and quarterback Isaiah Givens in the backfield on their next possession and never recovered. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola ends region-final streak for Dr. Phillips," 15 Nov. 2019 Their grit can make up for a lack of experience, faulty execution and questionable decision-making, but not every time. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers feeling more connected, ‘pretty damn good,’ following first road trip that featured team bonding," 13 Nov. 2019 The Flyers are just 5-5 against the Over/Under over their last 10 games, but the Devils have gone 7-3 against the projection with faulty goaltending taking most of the blame. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Flyers-Devils odds: Philadelphia spotted juicy odds as road underdogs," 1 Nov. 2019 Part of Koch and Meir’s mission today is the replacement of a faulty battery charger. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk," 18 Oct. 2019 Before crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, MCAS was activated by a single faulty sensor and pushed the nose of each plane down. David Koenig, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Messages from former Boeing test pilot reveal Max concerns," 18 Oct. 2019 According to police, a faulty connection from the ATM to Citibank, which owns the machine, alerted NCR, the company that made the machine, that there was a problem. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Police investigate after card skimming device found on ATM at Northlake Walgreens," 8 Mar. 2018 In the early days, Ziolkowski had little money, a faulty old compressor, and a rickety, seven-hundred-and-forty-one-step wooden staircase built to access the mountainside. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Pay close attention to proper form, and don’t allow your knees to collapse inward, since this pattern feeds the faulty mechanics that lead to knee pain. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of faulty

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2019

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“Faulty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faultily?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=faulty02. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce faulty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of faulty

: having a mistake, fault, or weakness


\ ˈfȯl-tē How to pronounce faulty (audio) \
faultier; faultiest

Kids Definition of faulty

: having a fault, flaw, or weakness : imperfect

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