Bad Faith Definition

The malicious intention to be dishonest or to violate the law, as in negotiations over a contract.
American Heritage
Insincerity; dishonesty; duplicity.
Webster's New World
Dishonesty of purpose; lack of fairness and honesty; the continuous and willful failure to fulfill one’s duties or obligation. See also good faith.
Webster's New World Law
(law) A malicious motive by a party in a lawsuit. This has an effect on the ability to maintain causes of action and obtain legal remedies.

(law) Intent to deceive or mislead another to gain some advantage; dishonesty or fraud in a transaction (such as knowingly misrepresenting the quality of something that is being bought or sold).


Origin of Bad Faith

  • Translation of Latin mala fīdēs mala feminine singular of malus bad fīdēs faith, honesty

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French mauvaise foi (literally, bad faith), coined by existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

    From Wiktionary

  • bad + faith

    From Wiktionary

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