fal·​li·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌfa-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce fallibility (audio) \

Definition of fallibility

: 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 Logan’s fallibility, meanwhile, makes this an especially chaotic episode — in an intentional, entertaining way — for everyone else. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2021 One thing that was made clear by the many, many people who praised him on Friday: Moore understood human fallibility and fragility more than most. Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Dubai's rulers suddenly realized the fallibility of their economy. Ollie A Williams, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Here, the actress, who imbued her character with a relatable fallibility and quiet inner strength, chats about her character's arc, what may be in store for Marienne in future seasons, and why Joe should watch his back in France. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 27 Oct. 2021 Chase, Konner, and Taylor all told me that the differences were intentional, as a way to illustrate the fallibility of memory. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 That is, American conservatism doesn’t flow solely from appreciating human fallibility, understanding natural law, and valuing prudence. Andy Smarick, National Review, 24 Sep. 2021 In her 2014 TEDx talk, Edmonson said that creating this culture of psychological safety is, in part, a function of modelling curiosity and acknowledging our own fallibility. Ilana Redstone, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 There’ll be less and less room for ambiguity, less room to be affected by human fallibility. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fallibility

1608, in the meaning defined above

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“Fallibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallibility. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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