Definition of faulty in English:

faulty

adjective

  • 1Working badly or unreliably because of imperfections.

    ‘a car with faulty brakes’
    • ‘The most common defects were bare tyres, faulty brakes, steering and suspension, plus broken headlights and brake lights.’
    • ‘You investigate and find that faulty wiring is to blame.’
    • ‘No re-test fee will apply for minor defects such as faulty light bulbs.’
    • ‘Other defects included faulty steering mechanisms and suspensions, rusty chassis and doors and seatbelts which did not work.’
    • ‘The agency workers will look for defects such as sub-standard tyres, faulty lights and exhausts.’
    • ‘Initial reports suggest that faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire.’
    • ‘Common causes of warping include faulty installation or defective manufacture of the siding.’
    • ‘Most of the broken and faulty lights in the village have now been put right.’
    • ‘This can help spot design defects and prevent faulty products from reaching the market.’
    • ‘A faulty device whose damage was not apparent to the user caused the overinfusion.’
    • ‘Errors include transposed numbers, faulty equipment, mutilated punch cards and computer glitches.’
    • ‘Of the 12 vehicles with serious defects two of the faulty school buses were repaired and re-tested on site before being cleared.’
    • ‘It will target cyclists who flout road regulations by, for example, riding without lights or having faulty brakes.’
    • ‘It is the driver who determines the speed of the vehicle when the road is bad, visibility is poor, the surface is wet or when brakes are faulty.’
    • ‘It was a junky old station wagon with a faulty exhaust system and brakes.’
    • ‘That accident, which again involved a truck with faulty brakes, left three people injured and damaged 10 parked vehicles.’
    • ‘Should software makers be made more accountable for damage caused by faulty programs?’
    • ‘One was apparently faulty and the other did not have a battery.’
    • ‘The act regulates the right to a legal defence and obtaining compensation for damages caused by faulty products.’
    • ‘Perhaps you're using poor technique, faulty equipment or simply doing too much.’
    malfunctioning, broken, damaged, defective, not working, not functioning, in disrepair, out of order, out of commission, inoperative, unsound, unusable, useless
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    1. 1.1 (of reasoning and other mental processes) mistaken or misleading because of flaws.
      ‘faulty logic’
      • ‘These claims are mostly bad math, faulty logic and deception.’
      • ‘We were alerted this week to the fact that we hold incorrect opinions and deploy faulty logic.’
      • ‘Yet another reason for faulty divinations simply lies with the diviner making mistakes of interpretation.’
      • ‘Their driving assumptions were often drawn from flawed information or based on faulty logic.’
      • ‘He also identifies irrational beliefs and faulty reasoning that may lead to poor marriage decisions.’
      • ‘As illustrated in this article, too many faulty assumptions underlie their development and use.’
      • ‘What becomes of us if that memory is faulty?’
      • ‘But, the answer to insufficient reporting and to faulty intelligence is more reporting.’
      • ‘Twice a point of order has been raised, because the reasoning and logic were faulty, and I have demonstrated that.’
      • ‘I think this is faulty reasoning - relying on a single biological attribute rather than a range.’
      • ‘Some researchers would suggest that teachers' faulty assumptions are a result of deficit thinking.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the consensus is based on faulty assumptions and thus wrong solutions.’
      • ‘Jenna calls him on this but her reasons are a little faulty.’
      • ‘I am apologetic here, as I do not understand your faulty logic in the aforementioned statement.’
      • ‘What should be done when your memory is faulty?’
      • ‘The reason for applying faulty knowledge is simple.’
      • ‘His head, with faulty reasoning, told him that he had to stay away.’
      • ‘When finally she spoke, the logic sounded faulty even to her.’
      • ‘He argues that defects of memory or faulty perception may apply.’
      defective, flawed, unsound, distorted, inaccurate, incorrect, erroneous, imprecise, fallacious, wrong
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    2. 1.2 Having or displaying weaknesses.
      ‘her character was faulty’

Pronunciation

faulty

/ˈfôltē//ˈfɔlti/