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fallible

fal·li·ble
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fal-uh-buh l]
    • /ˈfæl ə bəl/
    • /ˈfæl.ɪ.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fal-uh-buh l]
    • /ˈfæl ə bəl/

Definitions of fallible word

  • adjective fallible (of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken. 1
  • adjective fallible liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate: fallible information. 1
  • noun fallible Capable of making mistakes or being erroneous. 1
  • adjective fallible capable of errors 1
  • adjective fallible If you say that someone or something is fallible, you mean that they are not perfect and are likely to make mistakes or to fail in what they are doing. 0
  • adjective fallible capable of being mistaken; erring 0

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Origin of fallible

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fallibilis, equivalent to Latin fall(ī) (passive of fallere to deceive) + -ibilis -ible

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Parts of speech for Fallible

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

fallible popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fallible

adj fallible

  • faulty — having faults or defects; imperfect.
  • imperfect — of, relating to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses: imperfect vision.
  • untrustworthy — deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable: The treasurer was not entirely trustworthy.
  • frail — having delicate health; not robust; weak: My grandfather is rather frail now.
  • careless — If you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage.

adjective fallible

  • errable — Liable to error; fallible.
  • errant — Erring or straying from the proper course or standards.
  • erring — Be mistaken or incorrect; make a mistake.

Antonyms for fallible

adj fallible

  • infallible — absolutely trustworthy or sure: an infallible rule.
  • reliable — that may be relied on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.: reliable information.
  • unerring — not erring; not going astray or missing the mark: The captain set an unerring course for home.
  • perfect — conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
  • strong — having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.

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