from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of erring or an instance of it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being in error; fallibility
  • n. holding the view that the Pope is not infallible

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wandering; state of being in error.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of erring; liability to err.
  • n. The condition of erring; liability to err.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Christianity) holding views that disagree with accepted doctrine; especially disagreement with papal infallibility
  • n. fallibility as indicated by erring or a tendency to err


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  • If it has to be precisely a claim to "errancy" in so many words, that might be harder.

    Classic Liberal?

  • It is true that signs must be qualified by matter - we must recognize their material autonomy (and, hence, their "errancy") - but, I'm claiming, it is perhaps to recognize the semiological character of matter itself.

    the church and postmodern culture: conversation

  • Maybe my roots are just too conservative but I'm just uncomfortable with the language of 'errancy' when it comes to Scripture.

    finitum non capax infiniti

  • If you serve long enough, errors are inevitable, but leaders should be judged not for their errancy, but how they handle mistakes when they do come up.

    Greg Lukianoff: Censoring Joss Whedon's Firefly and the Chancellor Who Cried Wolf

  • Whether "fiscal errancy" includes tax incentives like the IBC is yet to be made clear, but even the policy world's language of crisis resolution tips discussion toward the punitive and away from the genuinely recuperative.

    Portugal's Unrepentant Debtor

  • At this point I don't agree with the idea of biblical errancy, though my own view of inerrancy probably isn't precisely what you find in the formal statements affirming this view.

    The Inerrancy of Ecclesiastes 9:2-6

  • If the inerrancy position is fraught with danger and can easily become ludicrous in practice, is not the errancy hermeneutic just if not more fraught with danger and ludicrous in practice?

    The Inerrancy of Ecclesiastes 9:2-6

  • The revelation of sexual errancy was juicier than flour hoarding.


  • The powers of the universe are invoked to help cure the being prayed for—or to correct some sort of errancy, inaccuracy, or divergence from the path and place of awareness; a sickness of spirit or mind, so to speak.

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • You'll notice Dr McGrath, when faced with the obvious meaning of a text that makes him uncomfortable, implicitly or explicitly attributes error/errancy to it.

    Quote of the Day (Eric Reitan)


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