Definition of at fault in English:

at fault

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  • 1Responsible for an undesirable situation or event; in the wrong.

    ‘we recover compensation from the person at fault’
    • ‘Let's just hope we eventually have a clear picture of went wrong and who was at fault.’
    • ‘If anyone is at fault in this situation, it's the restaurateur who has chosen a wine that may or may not be good.’
    • ‘The second exception to the general rule occurs when a party is at fault in employing wrong or defective procedures.’
    • ‘It is wrong, and the person committing the crime is entirely at fault.’
    • ‘In my mind, I knew that I wasn't at fault, but that didn't stop me feeling deeply responsible.’
    • ‘If both have been at fault then both should be held responsible.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the officials at fault try to discharge their public duty by denying responsibility.’
    • ‘It is not always the players who are at fault and referees must he accountable.’
    • ‘The public demands that someone is held to account for these things no matter who is at fault.’
    • ‘I think the local government officials were still deeply at fault in some ways.’
    to blame, blameworthy, blameable, censurable, reproachable
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  • 2Mistaken or defective.

    ‘he suspected that his calculator was at fault’
    • ‘Such behaviour sounds scarcely credible, but I'm sure memory isn't at fault here.’
    • ‘It is not the mechanism of A-levels which is at fault but, rather, the conscious decision to change the way they are marked.’
    • ‘He said there may be a charge, but if it's their equipment at fault there won't be a charge.’
    • ‘If one pedal felt right and the other wrong then the pedal is probably at fault.’