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adj. fault·i·er, fault·i·est
1. Containing a fault or defect; imperfect or defective.
2. Obsolete Deserving of blame; guilty.

fault′i·ly adv.
fault′i·ness n.
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Noun1.faultiness - the state of being defective
imperfection, imperfectness - the state or an instance of being imperfect
bugginess - the state of having bugs
lameness - an imperfection or defectiveness; "a stylist noted for the lameness of his plots"
sickness - defectiveness or unsoundness; "drugs have become a sickness they cannot cure"; "a great sickness of his judgment"
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I then thought that my father would be unjust if he ascribed my neglect to vice or faultiness on my part, but I am now convinced that he was justified in conceiving that I should not be altogether free from blame.
Municipal town and rural parish gradually made fresh threads of connection--gradually, as the old stocking gave way to the savings-bank, and the worship of the solar guinea became extinct; while squires and baronets, and even lords who had once lived blamelessly afar from the civic mind, gathered the faultiness of closer acquaintanceship.
"Until you bring that area into the political mainstream, the elements across the border will exploit the situation," he cautioned, "Wherever differences lie, wherever faultiness exist, our enemy will exploit them."
Roughly, the Chinese literary works that he has translated can be divided into two categories: (1) display of the faultiness of China's society and the social system, the fatuous authority and ignorant national trait as represented by Mo Yan's novels; (2) description of the particular structure of Chinese old family, exposing the life-or-death struggle within a Chinese family with a stress on the hatred and murderous relationship between human beings, particularly between husband and wife, wife and concubine, sister and brother as represented by Su Tong's novels.
Straddling Faultiness: India's foreign policy towards the greater Middle East.
PEACE DEALIn the spirit of the March 9 truce deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, Dr Matiangi said Kenya now has a unique chance to enhance development."Almost 40 per cent of the things I am worried about is solving conflicts arising from ethnic faultiness, and it is very unfortunate.
Whereas; the involvement of the foreign forces only sharpen the societal faultiness and complicate the internal affairs of the country.
'We accept that there is some faultiness but we will continue to improve it from time to time,' said Mhd Amin, referring to the RM4 million 11.9km bicycle route that was installed in conjunction with the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9).
As the central ethical issue of the play, the matricide shapes the characters' own behavior, with special regard to Orestes's; he is conditioned, demoralized, impaired, and eventually crushed by a burden that proves to be intolerable and whose ethical faultiness ultimately prevents him from fighting for his rights with due firmness.
(eds.), International Law and Armed Conflict: Exploring the Faultiness. Leiden-Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 129-139.
Team performance in cross cultural project teams: The moderated mediation role of consensus, heterogeneity, faultiness and trust.