Definition of infallibility in English:


Syllabification: in·fal·li·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /inˌfaləˈbilitē


  • 1The quality of being infallible; the inability to be wrong: his judgment became impaired by faith in his own infallibility
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    • The administration's infallibility complex - its inability to admit ever making a mistake - will get even worse.
    • I do not wish to claim infallibility: all journalists get things wrong from time to time, mainly because they misunderstand or mishear information given to them.
    • I am not an IT professional, and my infallibility does not apply to the IT world, so please bear with me.
  • 1.1 (also papal infallibility) (In the Roman Catholic Church) the doctrine that in specified circumstances the pope is incapable of error in pronouncing dogma.
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    • In 1870 the First Vatican Council announced the dogma of papal infallibility on matters of faith and morals.
    • Thus, infallibility is a negative charism, not a positive act of inspired prophecy.
    • It's precisely what infallibility is for, to protect us from the stupidity of the Church's members.


early 17th century: from obsolete French infallibilité or medieval Latin infallibilitas (based on Latin fallere 'deceive').

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