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[uhn-ur-ing, -er-] /ʌnˈɜr ɪŋ, -ˈɛr-/
not erring; not going astray or missing the mark:
The captain set an unerring course for home.
undeviatingly accurate throughout; not containing any error or flaw:
She gave an unerring recital of the day's events.
invariably precise or correct:
unerring taste.
Origin of unerring
First recorded in 1615-25; un-1 + erring
Related forms
unerringly, adverb
unerringness, noun Unabridged
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  • On the other hand, youth is often gifted with a credulity divine and unerring.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We introduce it as historical information, from a most unerring source.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • And then comes in the unerring choice of the best of those suggestions.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • I do not quite like that phrase, 'the rapid and unerring glance of Erskine.'

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • It was all humbug––all this mummery about intuitions and unerring perception and inscrutability.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
British Dictionary definitions for unerring


not missing the mark or target
consistently accurate; certain
Derived Forms
unerringly, adverb
unerringness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unerring

1640s (implied in unerringly), from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of err. Related: Unerringly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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