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verb (used without object)
  1. to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
  2. to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
  3. to move unsteadily; stumble.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.
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  1. the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
  2. a faltering sound.
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Origin of falter

1300–50; Middle English falteren, of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Old Norse faltrast to bother with, be troubled with
Related formsfal·ter·er, nounfal·ter·ing·ly, adverbnon·fal·ter·ing, adjectivenon·fal·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·fal·ter·ing, adjectiveun·fal·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unfalteringly

Historical Examples of unfalteringly

  • In the telescopic screen, the other ship came on unfalteringly.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Clemens was always beautifully and unfalteringly a republican.

  • Unfalteringly I say, the witch is a crime of their own making.Michelet.

    Woman, Church & State

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

  • Unfalteringly do I say, “The Witch is a crime of their own achieving.”

  • Every utterance of this woman was unfalteringly pious and Christian.

    Eugenie Grandet

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for unfalteringly


  1. (intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
  2. (intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
  3. to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
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  1. uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
  2. a quavering or irregular sound
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Derived Formsfalterer, nounfalteringly, adverb

Word Origin for falter

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast
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Word Origin and History for unfalteringly



mid-14c., of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse faltrask "be burdened, hesitate, be troubled"), or a frequentative of Middle English falden "to fold," influenced by fault. Related: Faltered; faltering.

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