- (of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken.
- liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate: fallible information.
Origin of fallible
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fallibilis, equivalent to Latin fall(ī) (passive of fallere to deceive) + -ibilis -ible
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- capable of being mistaken; erring
- liable to mislead
Word Origin for fallible
C15: from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere to deceive
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early 15c., from Medieval Latin fallibilis "liable to err, deceitful." literally "that can be deceived," from Latin fallere "deceive" (see fail).
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