Definition of err in English:

err

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Pronunciation: /əː
 
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verb

[no object] formal

Phrases

err on the right side

Act so that the least harmful of possible mistakes or errors is the most likely to occur: last year’s boom was the result of a miscalculation, which erred on the right side
More example sentences
  • He said a few people in the town felt the Government probably erred on the right side, but the majority were disappointed.
  • The star rarely eats in, but when she does, she errs on the right side of healthy
  • The film's magical, mythic undertones are combined with a gritty, sparse realism that means things always err on the right side of sentiment.

err on the side of

Display more rather than less of (a specified quality) in one’s actions: it is better to err on the side of caution
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  • Women should err on the side of too little rather than too much.
  • You want to err on the side of too little water rather than too much.
  • Within reason, it may be best to err on the side of too many, rather than too few, participants.

to err is human, to forgive divine

proverb It is human nature to make mistakes oneself while finding it hard to forgive others.
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  • Maybe we need to look to religion for guidance in such matters, after all, to err is human, to forgive divine.
  • ‘Holcombe came to me and said, ‘Hey, Ed, I'm not condoning what you fellows did, but I believe that to err is human, to forgive divine.’
  • "To err is human, to forgive divine, as the old saying goes," Bucknor said.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'wander, go astray'): from Old French errer, from Latin errare 'to stray'.

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