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## Definition

### In 1-category theory

A functor $F \colon \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{D}$ from a category $\mathcal{C}$ to a category $\mathcal{D}$ is called faithful, if for each pair of objects $x, y \in \mathcal{C}$, its function $F_{x,y}$ on hom-sets is injective:

$\array{ \mathcal{C}(x,y) &\xhookrightarrow{\;\; F_{x,y} \;\;}& \mathcal{D}(F(x), F(y)) \\ (x \overset{\phi}{\to} y) &\mapsto& \big( F(x)\overset{F(\phi)}{\to} F(y) \big) \,. }$

More abstractly, we may say that a functor is faithful if it is $2$-surjective – or loosely speaking, ‘surjective on equations between given morphisms’.

### In higher category theory

And see 0-truncated morphism for generalization to (∞,1)-categories (see there).

###### Warning

This generalization is about extending to morphisms in general (∞,1)-categories the fact that in $\infty{}Grpd$, $0$-truncated morphisms give a reasonable notion of faithful functor.

In particular, the notion of a “faithful morphism in the (∞,1)-category of (∞,1)-categories” does not give the right notion of a “faithful functor between (∞,1)-categories”.

## Properties

###### Proposition

A faithful functor reflects epimorphisms and monomorphisms.

(The simple proof is spelled out for instance at epimorphism.)

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