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adjective, fault·i·er, fault·i·est.
  1. having faults or defects; imperfect.
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Origin of faulty

First recorded in 1300–50, faulty is from the Middle English word fauty. See fault, -y1
Related formsfault·i·ly, adverbfault·i·ness, nounnon·fault·y, adjectiveun·fault·y, adjective
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Related Words for faultiness

flaw, weakness, failing, imperfection, dearth, paucity, deficiency, insufficiency, incapacity, shortcoming, ineffectiveness, ineptitude, inefficiency, falsehood, deception, misinterpretation, untruth, heresy, paradox, inconsistency

Examples from the Web for faultiness

Historical Examples of faultiness

  • Disport yourself; but let your faultiness be concealed by a decent stealthiness.

    Ars Amatoria, or The Art Of Love


  • I have seen many goals scored from faultiness in this respect.

  • I can match you in faultiness and in changefulness and in hope.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • Broglio's friends say he himself knew the faultiness of this zigzag form, but had been overruled.

  • The hulks which might have served had also failed; the faultiness of their internal management had been fully proved.

British Dictionary definitions for faultiness


adjective faultier or faultiest
  1. defective or imperfect
  2. archaic culpable
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Derived Formsfaultily, adverbfaultiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faultiness



late 14c., from fault (n.) + -y (2). Related: Faultiness.

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