fal·​li·​bil·​i·​ty ˌfa-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce fallibility (audio)
: liability to err

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You'll find this word showing up in discussions of eyewitness testimony at crime scenes, of lie detectors, and of critical airplane parts. Some of us are most familiar with the fallibility of memory, especially when we remember something clearly that turns out never to have happened. Being fallible is part of being human, and sometimes the biggest errors are made by those who are thought of as the most brilliant of all.

Examples of fallibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schlosser skillfully fits these two parts together to shine a bright light on the potentially catastrophic combination of human fallibility and complex systems. Gregory D. Koblentz, Foreign Affairs, 6 Dec. 2013 The Lost City Paramount+ Magnolia Year: 1999 Runtime: 3h 8m Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Paul Thomas Anderson’s character study is one of the beloved auteur’s best works, a study of the interconnectivity of modern life and the fallibility of human relationships. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 11 June 2024 This fallibility can potentially affect the results of experiments. Luke Caldwell, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 Blame and guilt ripple through the hospital, pushing Alexandra to confront her own fallibility and the profound repercussions of medical errors. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fallibility 

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fallibility was in 1608

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“Fallibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallibility. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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