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[uhn-ur-ing, -er-] /ʌnˈɜr ɪŋ, -ˈɛr-/
not erring; not going astray or missing the mark:
The captain set an unerring course for home.
undeviatingly accurate throughout; not containing any error or flaw:
She gave an unerring recital of the day's events.
invariably precise or correct:
unerring taste.
Origin of unerring
1615-25; un-1 + erring
Related forms
unerringly, adverb
unerringness, noun Unabridged
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  • But few have the unerring naturalness of phrasing that allows them to embody the music rather than interpret it.
  • He has an unerring ear and an unbeatable sense of humor.
  • Do thou thyself entreat him, that he may give thee unerring answer.
  • When new taxes are to be raised the eye of the rural legislator turns with unerring instinct to this rich city.
  • No single risk factor or combination of factors can predict violence with unerring accuracy.
  • The result is an unerring melodrama that grips us with intense power.
  • Again his instinct for the fated failure was unerring.
  • It takes unlimited patience, unerring precision, and an uncommon willingness to walk directly into danger.
  • The commencement of the nineteenth century, determined upon unerring principles.
British Dictionary definitions for unerring


not missing the mark or target
consistently accurate; certain
Derived Forms
unerringly, adverb
unerringness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unerring

1640s (implied in unerringly), from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of err. Related: Unerringly.

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