Definition of bad faith in US English:

bad faith


  • 1Intent to deceive.

    ‘the owners have bargained in bad faith’
    • ‘Where information is deliberately withheld from a patient in bad faith in order to deceive them into agreeing to unnecessary treatment, then the apparent consent will be invalid.’
    • ‘The respondents have brought forward no evidence that the directors decided to approve the payment of compensation dishonestly or in bad faith.’
    • ‘I hope it is not necessary for me to emphasise that I in no way suggest bad faith or impropriety on the part of the learned justice or the Attorney-General.’
    • ‘For memory, like everything else in the world, can be clumsily used, or unintelligently used, or used for false purposes or in bad faith.’
    • ‘Well he says that it would require very strong evidence to prove that a pharmaceutical company is acting in bad faith.’
    • ‘He couldn't believe that other people could be operating in bad faith when he himself was so open about his intentions.’
    • ‘Fox claims that in registering the domain names, Dennis was either acting in bad faith and trying to pass himself off as an official site to make money, or trying to hold them to ransom.’
    • ‘We as citizens can never fully know whether promises have been made in bad faith, and merely to assume that they have is a disservice both to ourselves and to our politicians.’
    • ‘So actually, the government, on their own, admitted that they had filed this case in bad faith, frivolously and they were forced to admit this.’
    • ‘The most severe criticisms journalists can make of a government minister is that they act in bad faith, are disloyal and are untrustworthy.’
    • ‘That would in the result be dishonest and in bad faith.’
    • ‘It was fundamental to proving that the investigation was being conducted in bad faith for him to show that he had not committed the crimes in the first place.’
    • ‘That doesn't necessarily mean they made the argument in bad faith or that the war might not still be justified on other lines.’
    • ‘Warne clearly broke the rules, and in terms of his confessions has been clearly acting in bad faith.’
    • ‘But I challenge Stoll to cite a single instance where a takedown request made in bad faith resulted in action against the complainant.’
    • ‘Donor institutions need to be made accountable for loans made in bad faith, where official corruption was ignored or factored into the terms of the agreement.’
    • ‘The administration, as usual, is negotiating in bad faith.’
    • ‘The government has been charged with ‘misfeasance in public office’, meaning that it acted within the law, but in bad faith.’
    • ‘In his opinion, traders acting in bad faith must also face criminal liability in addition to the revocation of their licences.’
    • ‘Under these circumstances I think it's fair enough to call them on it, point out that they're arguing in bad faith, and throw them to the electorate.’
    duplicity, treachery, betrayal, double-crossing, faithlessness, unfaithfulness, untrustworthiness, infidelity, disloyalty, perfidy, perfidiousness, treason, breach of trust, fraud, fraudulence, underhandedness, cheating, dishonesty, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, falseness, stab in the back, back-stabbing, lying, mendacity, trickery, two-facedness
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    1. 1.1 (in existentialist philosophy) refusal to confront facts or choices.
      • ‘To choose to remain a child is an act of bad faith.’
      • ‘In his conception of bad faith, Sartre is hitting upon the notion of responsibility.’
      • ‘This strain of thought makes me think of the Sartrean notion of bad faith - that we engage in self-deception yet we are unable to fully hide the deceptive act itself.’
      • ‘We thus argue that in Sartre’s framework bad faith occurs only when we plunge into fantasy.’
      • ‘The many vivid phenomenological descriptions of bad faith contained in Sartre's work can be divided into two different forms of existential flight.’