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fail–safe

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adjective \ˈfāl-ˌsāf\

Definition of fail–safe

  1. 1 :  incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure

  2. 2 :  being or relating to a safeguard that prevents continuing on a bombing mission according to a preconceived plan

  3. 3 :  having no chance of failure :  infallibly problem-free the little black dress … has consistently been the fail–safe solution for night — Vogue

1946

First Known Use of fail–safe

1946


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fail–safe

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Definition of fail–safe

  1. :  a device or measure that makes something fail-safe

1975

First Known Use of fail–safe

1975


FAIL–SAFE Defined for English Language Learners

fail-safe

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Definition of fail–safe for English Language Learners

  • : certain not to fail

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