lack of honesty and trust: Bad faith on the part of both negotiators doomed the talks from the outset.
- bad-faith, adjective
- Compare good faith.
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How to use bad faith in a sentence
There’s just too much suspicion of bad faith between the sides to resolve sticky issues like how the league would handle an expanded playoff without adversely affecting player salaries.
When Hawley addressed the Senate after the riots, he paired the “legislature” argument — which had been incubating on the right for 20 years — with a second, completely inconsistent argument that provides good evidence of bad faith.Sen. Hawley has been condemned. His bad legal arguments should be stamped out, too. | Daniel Epps, Alan Trammell | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Republicans have lashed out at additional security measures like metal detectors introduced in the House, and accused Democrats in bad faith of contributing to the ingrained partisanship with their heated rhetoric.Congress Remains as Divided as Ever After Deadly Capitol Attack | Lissandra Villa | January 20, 2021 | Time
Given that may be the norm and the custom, proving that this is so beyond the pale for bad faith is going to be an uphill battle for plaintiffs.The Nursing Home Didn’t Send Her to the Hospital, and She Died | by Sean Campbell | January 8, 2021 | ProPublica
It did not argue any voters cast ballots in bad faith or otherwise fraudulently.Pair of Georgia runoff races are razor close with U.S. Senate control at stake | Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz, John Wagner, Paulina Firozi, Amy B Wang | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
But when that plane has gone down because of humans acting in bad faith, there are consequences, there is hell to pay.
Menendez said at the time that the administration had negotiated on the amendment in bad faith.Hillary Clinton Celebrates the Iran Sanctions That Her State Department Tried to Stop | Josh Rogin | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And discrediting Rouhani will be easier if they can point to tangible signs of Western bad faith.
It's the same old story: congressional (and largely though not wholly Republican) bad faith.Should a New York Times Columnist Know What She's Talking About? | Michael Tomasky | May 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It will also be accompanied by hysterical whining, odious self-righteousness, and mutual accusations of bad faith.
Her bad faith as a good mother seeks shelter behind her child, your son is her accomplice.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
In southern Europe, team-work along all lines is limited by selfishness and bad faith.The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
The bad faith, citizens, of which the Jewish nation is accused does not come from themselves but from their priests.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
Why, sir, if it would have been bad faith to have excluded Kentucky, was it not bad faith to exclude Missouri?The Slavery Question | John M. Landrum
They display in their commercial manuvres great ability jointed to the most signal bad faith.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for bad faith
intention to deceive; treachery or dishonesty (esp in the phrase in bad faith)
Also called: mauvaise foi (in the philosophy of the 20th-century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre) self-deception, as when an agent regards his actions as conditioned by circumstances or conventions in order to evade his own responsibility for choosing them freely
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