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Meaning & Definition of Fault in English





1. A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

  • "He made a bad mistake"
  • "She was quick to point out my errors"
  • "I could understand his english in spite of his grammatical faults"
  • mistake,
  • error,
  • fault

2. An imperfection in an object or machine

  • "A flaw caused the crystal to shatter"
  • "If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
  • defect,
  • fault,
  • flaw

3. The quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

  • "They discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"
  • "He knew his own faults much better than she did"
  • demerit,
  • fault

4. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

  • "They built it right over a geological fault"
  • "He studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
  • fault,
  • faulting,
  • geological fault,
  • shift,
  • fracture,
  • break

5. (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

  • "It took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"
  • fault

6. Responsibility for a bad situation or event

  • "It was john's fault"
  • fault

7. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

  • "He served too many double faults"
  • fault


1. Put or pin the blame on

  • blame,
  • fault

Examples of using

It's not your fault.
Tom couldn't get his car insured because he had had six accidents in three years, all of which had been his fault.
Tom convinced me that it wasn't his fault.