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falter (verb) become weaker and less effective; show a loss of confidence; walk or speak unsteadily; lose strength (of determination).
When you falter in your job, you become less competent and effective than you have been. So does a system falter if it becomes weaker and less effective. The judiciary falters if it appears weaker and less effective than before. When you falter in your speech, you speak hesitantly and without confidence; you speak in a halting and unsteady way. When you falter, you walk unsteadily either because you are ill, or because you are nervous. When you lose your strength of determination to achieve something you falter in your resolve.
- Till the end of his life, Jonathan's grip on the party he had headed never faltered. He had the loyalty of every member of the party and he did not allow any dissension or indiscipline to weaken the party.
- The leader exhorted the followers not to falter in their determination to defeat the opposition and return to power with a thumping majority.