Definition of fallible in English:


Line breaks: fal|lible
Pronunciation: /ˈfalɪb(ə)l


Capable of making mistakes or being wrong: experts can be fallible
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  • In order to savour the flashing returns and the artistic volleys, we must suffer the faltering second serve and the fallible forehand.
  • But the expert rules are fallible, and there will always be false positives and false negatives.
  • Dr Martin Luther King Jr was also at times as fallible as the next human.
error-prone, erring, errant, liable to err, prone to err, open to error;
imperfect, flawed, frail, weak


late Middle English: from medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere 'deceive'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
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  • It's time to look seriously at whether we really need politicians anyway, given their fallibility and human weakness.
  • One version of the argument against preventive war rests on the fallibility of all prediction: how can we KNOW that a war is coming?
  • While I wholeheartedly recognise the magnificent job done by our match officials, they are mere mortals like the rest of us and will succumb to human fallibility on occasion.


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  • Contrary to what they believe, the public prefer their politicians fallibly human, rather than joyless teetotallers whose only addiction is to squash or golf.
  • Why do we build up these spiritual blogstars and then cry foul when our idol turns out to be just as fallibly human as we are?
  • King and Queen were absolute monarchs, yet fallibly human.

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