fault


fault
fault fault [fɔːlt ǁ fɒːlt] noun [countable]
1. MANUFACTURING something that is wrong with a machine, system etc that prevents it from working correctly:
fault in

• Soviet engineers identified 32 design faults in the reactor, any of which could have led to an explosion.

2. MANUFACTURING a mistake in the way something is made, that spoils its appearance; = FLAW:

• The sweater had a fault in it and I had to take it back.

3. LAW the responsibility of a person or organization for damage or injury to someone, or for a criminal act:

• The borrowers were at fault for signing fraudulent applications.

4. LAW no-fault used to talk about arrangements where it is not necessary to prove that someone was at fault for the person who was injured or hurt to receive money:

• no-fault systems for medical malpractice cases that would provide limited but guaranteed benefits

• no-fault auto insurance

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fault UK US /fɔːlt/ noun
[C] something that is wrong with a machine or system: »

The car had a serious design fault and had to be recalled.

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An electrical fault caused the fire.

[U] the fact of being responsible for something bad that happens: be sb's fault (that) »

It was the traders' fault that so many billions were lost.

be the fault of sb »

The court found that the accident was the fault of the local authority.

the fault lies with sb »

We need to decide whether the fault lies with the buyer or the seller in this case.

no-fault — Cf. no-fault

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • fault — ► NOUN 1) an unattractive or unsatisfactory feature; a defect or mistake. 2) responsibility for an accident or misfortune. 3) (in tennis) a service that infringes the rules. 4) Geology an extended break in a rock formation, marked by the relative …   English terms dictionary

  • Fault — Fault, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Faulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Faulting}.] 1. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] For that I will not fault thee. Old Song. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) To interrupt the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fault´i|ly — fault|y «FL tee», adjective, fault|i|er, fault|i|est. 1. having faults; containing blemishes or errors; wrong; imperfect; defective: » …   Useful english dictionary

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