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What is the difference between admitting "being wrong" and "being at fault"?

Asked by sccrowell (3508points) August 16th, 2008 from iPhone
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Harp's avatar

Admitting being wrong can be a simple recognition that one made a mistake. Admitting being at fault both recognizes that one made a mistake, and implies that one accepts responsibility for the consequences of that mistake. if I’m not mistaken

augustlan's avatar

You can be wrong (mistaken) during the course of an argument, and still not be at fault for the argument happening in the first place.

PupnTaco's avatar

Being wrong = a mistake in reasoning or perception

At fault = directly responsible for causing a negative event to occur

gailcalled's avatar

I see the difference (in common parlance) as very subtle. Both need to be followed with “I am sorry.”

gailcalled's avatar

However, as I think about it, I knock over a Ming vase belonging to someone else. “That was my fault.” ”” I was wrong to blame the accident on the cat.” “I’m very sorry.”

PnT: Right you are.

sccrowell's avatar

@gail, I sincerely hope you are only kidding about breaking the “Ming Vase” and just using it as an example.
Also, I would like to take this time and say thank you so very much for clarifying the difference between the two… Which has now lead me to another question, but first, I’ll check to see if it’s been asked. <grin>

gailcalled's avatar

@Scc: Sadly, the Ming vase was hypothetical. It did make the point, I think. Are you and WTF having a semantic disagreement? Gardening is good, BYW.

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