faultier; faultiest
: marked by fault or defect : imperfect
faultily adverb
faultiness noun

Examples of faulty in a Sentence

the cause of the plane crash was traced to faulty wiring
Recent Examples on the Web Because of risks posed by faulty standpipes, NFPA calls for property owners to enact backup plans to lower the chance of firefighters having to seek out alternative water sources if fire erupts near a broken standpipe. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 The 2018 Camp Fire in California, which was started by a faulty electric transmission line and destroyed the towns of Paradise and Concow, previously held that title. Adiel Kaplan, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 These migrants’ only hope for a second chance is a faulty smartphone app. Lillian Perlmutter, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2023 In New York, at least 92 fires, injuring 64 people and killing nine, were related to faulty e-bike batteries this year, according to the New York City Fire Department. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 12 Sep. 2023 Several major hotels in Las Vegas, including the Bellagio, were left with faulty door locks, inoperable slot machines and other problems Monday after hotel officials said they were hit with a cyberattack. Alex Stone, ABC News, 11 Sep. 2023 Traffic stop, East Washington Street: Stopped for a faulty muffler 2:40 p.m. Aug. 31, a Willoughby man, 24, was arrested for driving under suspension. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2023 But as they are packed into larger groups for grid-scale systems, testing becomes more complex, and the pathways to ignition multiply: coolant leaks, shorting electronics, faulty installation. Gregory Barber, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023 Delphi ultimately made 11 million of the faulty parts and stopped manufacturing them in 2004, according to NHTSA. ARC and Delphi didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Faulty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faulty. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


faultier; faultiest
: having a fault or weakness : imperfect
faultily adverb
faultiness noun

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