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at fault

Responsible for a problem, mistake, or other incident. The other driver was definitely at fault—I was just sitting at a red light when he rear-ended me! I know I was at fault, so I will apologize to Sara today.
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at fault

to blame [for something]; serving as the cause of something bad. I was not at fault in the accident. You cannot blame me.
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at fault

Responsible for a mistake, trouble, or failure; deserving blame. For example, At least three cars were involved in the accident, so it was hard to determine which driver was at fault , or He kept missing the target and wondered if the sight on his new rifle was at fault. In Britain this usage was formerly considered incorrect but is now acceptable; in America it has been widespread since the mid-1800s. Also see in the wrong.
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at ˈfault

responsible for doing wrong, making a mistake, etc.; to be blamed: The inquiry will decide who was at fault over the loss of the funds.I don’t feel that I am at fault. After all, I didn’t know I was breaking a rule.
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at fault

1. Deserving of blame; guilty: admitted to being at fault.
2. Confused and puzzled.
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Caption: Figure 4: SCF current at fault location X when the SCF occurs at fault location X with 40 [ohm] fault resistance on the wind/PV GCS.
Caption: Figure 5: SCF currents without Peterson coil at fault location X when the SCF occurs on the wind/PV GCS.
Caption: Figure 8: Faulted phase current with Peterson coil of 58.6 H at fault location X with the SLG fault on the wind/PV GCS.
Further more, dependency of neutral point voltage on the value of fault impedance at fault location has been presented.
In contrast, under no-fault, an accident victim does not need to prove that anyone was at fault before he gets his money.
And what about the broad gray area in which most traffic accidents occur--cases where both drivers are at fault? Maybe one fellow was speeding because he was a little anxious about being late for an important business meeting.
"It's hard to turn the results from Parkfield into a general method for looking at faults," he says.