fail-safe

adjective
\ ˈfāl-ˌsāf How to pronounce fail-safe (audio) \

Definition of fail-safe

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1 : incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure
2 : being or relating to a safeguard that prevents continuing on a bombing mission according to a preconceived plan
3 : having no chance of failure : infallibly problem-free the little black dress … has consistently been the fail-safe solution for nightVogue

fail-safe

noun

Definition of fail-safe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device or measure that makes something fail-safe

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Antonyms: Adjective

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First Known Use of fail-safe

Adjective

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fail-safe was in 1946

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“Fail-safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fail-safe. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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fail-safe

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English Language Learners Definition of fail-safe

: certain not to fail

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