fallibility

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noun fal·li·bil·i·ty \ˌfa-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of fallibility

  1. :  liability to err

Did You Know?

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.

1634

First Known Use of fallibility

1634

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