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 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 Amazon, the maker of the Rekognition software used by the ACLU, criticized the test as a publicity stunt and a faulty use of the software. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "California could soon ban facial recognition technology on police body cameras," 12 Sep. 2019 Her calculations were clearly faulty, though, in deciding the sliver of risk that your test would inspire your cousin was worth breaking this confidence. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: My girlfriend is hiding our relationship. Is it embarrassment, or something worse?," 18 Aug. 2019 Her calculations were clearly faulty, though, in deciding the sliver of risk that your test would inspire your cousin was worth breaking this confidence. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: My girlfriend is hiding our relationship. Is it embarrassment, or something worse?," 18 Aug. 2019 Many of the patients on the 20-bed unit have had surgery or a catheter procedure to fix a faulty heart valve. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Taking teamwork to heart," 9 Jan. 2018 While only a small portion of the locks were deemed to be faulty, the commission authorized the replacement of all locks similar to those that failed. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Faulty cell locks in Mobile Metro Jail will take 300 days to replace and cost nearly $700,000," 3 Sep. 2019 Democrats say that the premise of Trump being uniquely under siege — despite long investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice — is faulty. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's 2020 pitch: A powerless presidency," 3 Sep. 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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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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