If you say that someone or something is fallible, you mean that they are not perfect and are likely to make mistakes or to fail in what they are doing. [FORMAL]

They are only human and all too fallible...

The system has proved fallible time after time...

Human reason is a fallible guide.

Derived words:
fallibility [[t]fæ̱lɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

Errors may have been made due to human fallibility...

The fallibility of science is one of the great betrayals of our times.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Fallible — Fal li*ble, a. [LL. fallibilis, fr. L. fallere to deceive: cf. F. faillible. See {Fail}.] Liable to fail, mistake, or err; liable to deceive or to be deceived; as, all men are fallible; our opinions and hopes are fallible. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fallible — I adjective deficient, errable, errant, erring, errori obnoxius, faulty, flawed, imperfect, liable to be erroneous, liable to mistake, not perfect, prone to error, prone to inaccuracy, uncertain, undependable, unpredictable, unreliable, unstable …   Law dictionary

  • fallible — early 15c., from M.L. fallibilis liable to err, deceitful. lit. that can be deceived, from L. fallere deceive (see FAIL (Cf. fail)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fallible — [adj] able or prone to err careless, deceptive, errable, errant, erring, faulty, frail, heedless, human, ignorant, imperfect, in question, liable, mortal, questionable, uncertain, unreliable, untrustworthy, weak; concept 542 Ant. certain, correct …   New thesaurus

  • fallible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ capable of making mistakes or being wrong. DERIVATIVES fallibility noun fallibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin fallibilis, from fallere deceive …   English terms dictionary

  • fallible — [fal′ə bəl] adj. [ME < ML fallibilis < L fallere, to deceive: see FAIL] 1. capable of making a mistake or being deceived 2. liable to be erroneous or inaccurate fallibility [fal′əbil′ə tē] n. fallibleness fallibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • fallible — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere Date: 15th century 1. liable to be erroneous < a fallible generalization > 2. capable of making a mistake < we re all fallible > • fallibly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fallible — fal|li|ble [ˈfælıbəl] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Medieval Latin; Origin: fallibilis, from Latin fallere to deceive ] able to make mistakes or be wrong ≠ ↑infallible ▪ Humans are fallible. ▪ These surveys are often a rather fallible guide to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fallible — fal|li|ble [ fæləbl ] adjective not perfect, and likely to be wrong or make mistakes: a fallible legal system Everyone is fallible. ╾ fal|li|bil|i|ty [ fælə bıləti ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fallible — adjective able to make mistakes or be wrong: Parents are fallible, Susie, just like everyone else. | These surveys are often a rather fallible guide to public opinion. fallibility noun (U) opposite infallible …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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