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

Definition of fallible in English:

adjective

Capable of making mistakes or being wrong: experts can be fallible
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
error-prone, erring, errant, liable to err, prone to err, open to error;
imperfect, flawed, frail, weak

Derivatives

fallibly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with fallible

submergible • indelible

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