fallible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fallible likely to fail or make errors "everyone is fallible to some degree"
    • adj fallible wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings "I'm only a fallible human","frail humanity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fallible Liable to fail, mistake, or err; liable to deceive or to be deceived; as, all men are fallible; our opinions and hopes are fallible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fallible Liable to err; capable of being or apt to be deceived or mistaken: said of persons.
    • fallible Liable to be erroneous or false; subject to inaccuracy or fallaciousness: said of arguments, statements, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fallible fal′i-bl liable to error or mistake
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Quotations

  • Eleanor Bron
    Eleanor Bron
    “Both men and women are fallible. The difference is, women know it.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
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    “To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
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    “Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”
  • Nicola Abbagnano
    Nicola Abbagnano
    “Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. fallibilis, fr. L. fallere, to deceive: cf. F. faillible,. See Fail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. fallibilis, from fallĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

Fewer are loyal to some human being; and poor humanity being a very fallible thing, they often make sad shipwreck.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
You are both young and you perhaps judge more sharply than I, but I've learned to know the fallibility of human judgment.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
But it is asked, why did God create men free, and therefore fallible?
"Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker" by Meletios Golden
This pretended Gift of Immersibility attending Witches, is a most fallible deceitful thing; for many a Witch has sunk under the Water.
"The Wonders of the Invisible World" by Cotton Mather
All our knowledge, again, supposes memory which is fallible.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Don't you see, my dear, how fallible may be the thing called law if it runs counter to public good?
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
The senses are, after all, very fallible and very variable.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
But this was a case of the fallibility of appearances.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
It may be fallible, often it is and, in our scheme of things, what is there that is not?
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Yes, that illustration breaks down, but only at the point of =human fallibility= and =imperfection=.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
Or the Powers That Be, or the Fallibility of Man, whatever you want to call it.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Doubtless a critic should rather draw the moral of his own fallibility than of his superiority to Jeffrey.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
The first step for all is to learn to the dregs our own ignoble fallibility.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Yet we would, untaught by the Word of God, guided merely by our fallible head, pronounce upon the very nature of God.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
But if these be fallible criterions, we will notice another that seldom deceives us.
"The Rain Cloud or, An Account of the Nature, Properties, Dangers and Uses of Rain" by Anonymous
You are a grand man, but all finite beings are fallible.
"Professor Huskins" by Lettie M. Cummings
In a moment I had become again the parent, human and fallible to emotion.
"Seeing Things at Night" by Heywood Broun
Does it not rather prove that those who adopted it, like mortal men everywhere and in all ages, were fallible?
"Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day" by Alfred Farthing Robbins
But the truth is, that this fallible young man had enjoyed her attack on Bransby.
"That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
We are all poor, weak, fallible things.
"From the Easy Chair, series 2" by George William Curtis
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In news:

LEWISTON — The Portland Pirates are fallible at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee after all.
JPMorgan's Dimon More Fallible Than He Was Before.
Report finds biometrics ' fallible ', but SIA disagrees.
Colt McCoy is fallible .
Fallible fun for the whole family.
JavaOne panelists say technology and admission of fallibility are crucial to robust code.
However, my fallible human side overpowers.
To understand the calamity on Wall Street, we need erudite financial analysis and good old-fashioned stories about human fallibility.
Automation and computerization of medication use processes and tasks can lessen human fallibility by limiting reliance on memory.
Petraeus proves fallible - chicagotribune.com.
3 Oklahoma finally proved fallible at home.
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In science:

By contrast, AOE does provide science with a rational method of discovery - even though fallible and non-mechanical.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Then an inference device would be a (perhaps fallible) theoremproving algorithm, embodied within U itself.
Physical limits of inference
If a device is not infallible, we say that it is fallible.
Physical limits of inference
With restricted conversation possibilities the most successful Loebner entrants are even more focused on faking human fallibility, rather than anything resembling intelligence .
Tests of Machine Intelligence
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