American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Incapable of erring: an infallible guide; an infallible source of information.
- adj. Incapable of failing; certain: an infallible antidote; an infallible rule.
- adj. Roman Catholic Church Incapable of error in expounding doctrine on faith or morals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not fallible in knowledge, judgment, or opinion; exempt from fallacy or liability to error; unerring.
- Unfailing in character or effect; exempt from uncertainty or liability to failure; absolutely trustworthy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not fallible; not capable of erring; entirely exempt from liability to mistake; unerring; inerrable.
- adj. Not liable to fail, deceive, or disappoint; indubitable; sure; certain.
- adj. (R. C. Ch.) Incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals. See Papal infallibility, under Infallibility.
- adj. incapable of failure or error
- From Medieval Latin infallibilis, from Latin in- + fallibilis. Compare French infaillible. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin īnfallibilis : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Medieval Latin fallibilis, fallible; see fallible. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only infallibility they have is that which they define as infallible eg. “oops, a bug!””
“They look at Superbowl Guy like he was a superstitious "ex" Nazi, somewhere to the right of Attila The Hun, who preaches discrimination against gays and women, believes himself to be infallible, is a firm roadblock to social progress, dictates policies that ensures the spread of AIDS, dresses like an overly-rich drag queen with no taste, and devotes his time to protecting child molesters around the globe?”
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“The issue isn't that some of these people call their infallible beliefs and faith "religion" or "communism", the two key issues are the belief that they, or what ever authority they think their belief comes from, can't ever be wrong about anything, and unjustified faith that everything will just work, if they stick with their guns and force it on everyone.”
“As Islam emerged within this culture, the consensus of the community became by definition infallible.”
“As long as man believes the bible to be infallible, that is his master.”
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