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[uhn-fey-ling] /ʌnˈfeɪ lɪŋ/
not failing; not giving way; not falling short of expectation; completely dependable:
an unfailing friend.
inexhaustible; endless:
unfailing resources; unfailing good humor.
Origin of unfailing
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, failing
Related forms
unfailingly, adverb
unfailingness, noun Unabridged
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  • Wit, after all, is the unfailing symptom of intelligence.
  • unfailing faith in others is the path to success in the week ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for unfailing


not failing; unflagging
continuous or unceasing
sure; certain
Derived Forms
unfailingly, adverb
unfailingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfailing

late 14c., "never coming to an end, unceasing," from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of fail (v.). Related: Unfailingly.

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