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

  • adj. Not liable to stumble or fall.
  • adj. Designed so as to hold well to the road: an automobile that is sure-footed on curves.
  • adj. Confident and capable: "demonstrates a sure-footed storytelling talent” ( Michiko Kakutani).

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  • adj. Alternative form of surefooted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not liable to stumble or fall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not liable to stumble, slide, or fall; having a firm, secure tread.
  • Figuratively, not apt to err; not liable to make a slip; trustworthy.

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

  • adj. not liable to stumble or fall
  • adj. not liable to error in judgment or action
  • adj. not liable to error in judgment or action
  • adj. not liable to stumble or fall


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