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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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Examples for fallible
  • They are ultimately composed of mortal, fallible human beings not unlike the rest of us.
  • In both kinds of situations, human memory is fallible.
  • They are as fallible and mixed up as everyone else, and often involved in outright fraud in their quest for fame and money.
  • Predictions of the dates of future achievements are notoriously fallible.
  • We now know that cannot work--experts are too fallible, and too much power corrupts.
  • If my judgement is unacceptably fallible, then it would be impossible for me to make that identification.
  • The punch-bowl approach similarly depends on fallible human beings, who may react too late or too early.
  • Human intervention is no less fallible than the firewall.
  • They die for two reasons: people are fallible, and medicine has an effect on the human body.
  • Much as the fine points of perception are fallible to illusion, the details of memory are fallible to suggestion.
British Dictionary definitions for fallible

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 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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