faulty

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

Definition of faulty

: marked by fault or defect : imperfect

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Other Words from faulty

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 Health care leaders have pointed out that the analysis depends on several faulty assumptions, which may overstate savings and gloss over consequences elsewhere in the market. Scott Mcinnis, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: A public option health insurance program could cost Coloradans too much," 9 Dec. 2019 Walgreens stopped testing people in October 2016 — so there were three years of faulty blood tests. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How Silicon Valley got played by Theranos," 15 June 2018 According to an ongoing Fox 13 news investigation on faulty field drug tests, Rebecca Shaw served five months in jail until her husband could pay her $5,000 bail. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "She told cops they were vitamins. But botched test kept Florida mom in jail for months. | Miami Herald," 10 Mar. 2018 The buzzer that lets people into the store is faulty, and people frequently get stuck. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "‘Uncut Gems’ and Its Exquisitely Harrowing Soundscape," 15 Dec. 2019 The Elections Commission, which consists of three Democrats and three Republicans, doesn't want to immediately remove people from the voter rolls because in some cases their information is faulty and the voters haven't moved. Bruce Vielmetti, USA TODAY, "Judge orders 234,000 purged from Wisconsin voter rolls," 14 Dec. 2019 The Elections Commission, which consists of three Democrats and three Republicans, doesn't want to immediately remove people from the voter rolls because in some cases their information is faulty and the voters haven't moved. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge orders state to purge more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters from the rolls," 13 Dec. 2019 And along the way, there was a growing — if faulty — narrative that Bryant, a former Laker, had stunted the growth of a burgeoning Celtics star. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 12 Oct. 2019 But election officials in the months afterward determined many of the people were contacted because of faulty data. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawsuit seeks to force Wisconsin election officials to remove people who may have moved from the voter rolls," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of faulty

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of faulty was in the 14th century

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19 Jan 2020

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“Faulty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faulty. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for faulty

faulty

adjective
How to pronounce faulty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of faulty

: having a mistake, fault, or weakness

faulty

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

Kids Definition of faulty

: having a fault, flaw, or weakness : imperfect

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