infallible

adjective
in·fal·li·ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈfa-lə-bəl \

Definition of infallible 

1 : incapable of error : unerring an infallible memory

2 : not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint : certain an infallible remedy

3 : incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals

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Other words from infallible

infallibility \(ˌ)in-ˌfa-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
infallibly \(ˌ)in-ˈfa-lə-blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for infallible

Synonyms

unerring, unfailing

Antonyms

fallible

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Watch out when you hear about infallible predictions, an infallible plan, an infallible cure, or even infallible lip gloss. Infallible isn't a claim that scientists, engineers, and doctors like to make, so you're probably getting better information when the word not comes first. You may have heard the phrase "papal infallibility", which refers to the official position of the Roman Catholic church, adopted in the 19th century, that certain solemn statements made by a Pope about faith or morals were not to be questioned. Popes since then have been careful not to make many of these statements.

Examples of infallible in a Sentence

I never claimed to be infallible. There is no infallible remedy to these problems.

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His serve, which had been practically infallible through three rounds, was broken three times. Christopher Clarey, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Federer eliminated at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 One problem, Ofri says, is a tendency in our society to view medical tests as infallible. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Even if a medical test shows an abnormality, you may not need to worry about it," 3 June 2018 Mexico: Mexico laid an egg in its final group stage match against Sweden, but round-of-16 opponent Brazil isn’t infallible. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 Those opposing John Doe warrants and DNA exceptions point out that DNA evidence isn’t infallible. Ruth Padawer, New York Times, "Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?," 19 June 2018 Roger Federer, while not infallible, can play when there is barbered grass underfoot. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018 The person sitting across from you, unfortunately, is not infallible. Cari Romm, The Cut, "What to Do If Your Therapist Gives You Bad Advice," 25 June 2018 For spotless skin, Coqui Coqui’s all-natural mosquito repellent and Kiehl’s firming mask forge an infallible skin-soothing alliance. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "What to Stock at Your Beach House, From SPF to a Luxurious Bug Repellant," 15 June 2018 Still, the search for an infallible truth-hunting device continues. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The truth about lying: we live in a golden age of lies — and lie-detecting," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of infallible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infallible

Middle English, from Medieval Latin infallibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin fallibilis fallible

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infallible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infallible

: not capable of being wrong or making mistakes : not fallible

: certain to work properly or succeed

infallible

adjective
in·fal·li·ble | \ in-ˈfa-lə-bəl \

Kids Definition of infallible

1 : not capable of being wrong an infallible memory

2 : certain to succeed : sure an infallible remedy

Other words from infallible

infallibly \-blē \ adverb

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