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fallible

[fal-uh-buh l] /ˈfæl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
(of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken.
2.
liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate:
fallible information.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fallibilis, equivalent to Latin fall(ī) (passive of fallere to deceive) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
fallibility, fallibleness, noun
fallibly, adverb
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  • The critics of the romantic period were pioneers, and exhibit the fallibility of discoverers.
  • It is the inevitable result of limited information and human fallibility.
  • In applications that use a single quantum dot, such as biological sensors, this fallibility can have dramatic consequences.
British Dictionary definitions for fallibility

fallible

/ˈfælɪbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being mistaken; erring
2.
liable to mislead
Derived Forms
fallibility, fallibleness, noun
fallibly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere to deceive
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Word Origin and History for fallibility
n.

1630s; see fallible + -ity.

fallible

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin fallibilis "liable to err, deceitful." literally "that can be deceived," from Latin fallere "deceive" (see fail).

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