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[in-er-uh n-see, -ur-] /ɪnˈɛr ən si, -ˈɜr-/
lack of error; infallibility.
the belief that the Bible is free from error in matters of science as well as those of faith.
Compare creationism (def 3).
Origin of inerrancy
1810-20; inerr(ant) + -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Burgon was a believer in Biblical inerrancy, or what we'd call a fundamentalist.

    Petra David Frum January 2, 2013
Historical Examples
  • Such a teacher must believe in the inerrancy of the autographs of Scripture.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • There is, in fact, not a single quality of human nature that can be said to act with inerrancy.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • For a doctrine of inerrancy is manifestly unserviceable until errors of transmission have been eliminated.

  • For how can faith in an inerrant Bible and unbelief in its inerrancy abide in harmony in the same house?

    The Church, the Schools and Evolution J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
  • Only in this way could its inerrancy and divinity have been preserved.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • He also challenged the theory of the inerrancy of the Bible, though he probably never heard of the higher criticism.

    An American Religious Movement Winfred Ernest Douglas
  • One contradiction is fatal to the claim of inerrancy and divinity.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • An order from the Vatican was law; and the Bishop obeyed it with no other thought than its inerrancy and inexorability.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Too blind a confidence in the inerrancy of logic is almost as dangerous as superstition.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
Word Origin and History for inerrancy

1818, from inerrant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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