American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of making an error: Humans are only fallible.
- adj. Tending or likely to be erroneous: fallible hypotheses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Liable to err; capable of being or apt to be deceived or mistaken: said of persons.
- Liable to be erroneous or false; subject to inaccuracy or fallaciousness: said of arguments, statements, etc.
- adj. Capable of making mistakes or being wrong.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Liable to fail, mistake, or err; liable to deceive or to be deceived
- adj. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
- adj. likely to fail or make errors
- From Medieval Latin fallibilis ("liable to err, also deceitful"), from Latin fallere ("to deceive"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere, to deceive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I find, in other words, the best human beings fallible, and _very fallible_.”
“And the bottom line is, I'm not the first one who said that the emperor has no clothes and that "The New York Times" is fallible, which is perfectly reasonable -- fallible just like every other corporation or government or whatever it is.”
“But regulators and supervisors are fallible, which is why we need to attack the problems from all sides.”
“How then are we to understand "fallible" doctrines of the third degree?”
“But, you don't necessarily agree with their infallible correction: the word should be "fallible" here. interpretation of that verse.”
“Here it is possible that 'All Popes' may agree with precisely that part of the term 'man,' of which it is not known whether it agrees with 'fallible' or not.”
“Yes, people are fallible — some even purposely so — and yes, we can not blame God for their failure.”
“The ancient Hindu tales that Pattanaik, 38, tells his corporate audiences are full of fallible kings, stoically suffering queens, demons enticing the gods into lawless jungles, gods with rivers sprouting from their dreadlocks, and goddesses riding elephants.”
“And let's not forget that News Corp. has shown itself to be eminently fallible in the online realm: This is the company that spent $580 million to buy the social-networking sinkhole known as MySpace.”
“Possibly you could ask questions concerning a span of time, but that would be less reliable because memory tends to be fallible.”
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