- (of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken.
- liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate: fallible information.
Origin of fallible
Related Words for falliblefaulty, imperfect, untrustworthy, frail, careless, deceptive, errant, erring, heedless, human, ignorant, liable, mortal, questionable, uncertain, unreliable, weak
Examples from the Web for fallible
Contemporary Examples of fallible
A wine consumption map of the U.S. is as fallible as that wine map of Europe.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
In fairness, like glossies anywhere, French tabloids are fallible, prone to playing up alleged trysts that fall flat.French President François Hollande Slams Affair Allegations
January 11, 2014
They reveal an altogether vulnerable, fallible person with ambition, passion, and doubt.Flannery O’Connor’s Desire for God
November 13, 2013
The masters of war, it turns out, are as fallible as the rest of us.Who Will Watch "The Gatekeepers"?
January 10, 2013
Nobody told the media to make a fallible person with a dubious electoral winning streak the “genius” behind the GOP.Republicans Allowed Karl Rove to Mislead Them Again
November 17, 2012
Historical Examples of fallible
It may be fallible, often it is and, in our scheme of things, what is there that is not?The Paliser case
Hearing is one of the senses, and all the senses are fallible.The Comedies of William Congreve
There may be much of what is fallible and human with what is truthful and divine.The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern
So that, if anxious as he who is human and fallible must ever be, I am nevertheless happy and contented.Aurelian
All our knowledge, again, supposes memory which is fallible.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.
Sir Leslie Stephen
- capable of being mistaken; erring
- liable to mislead
Word Origin for fallible
Word Origin and History for fallible
early 15c., from Medieval Latin fallibilis "liable to err, deceitful." literally "that can be deceived," from Latin fallere "deceive" (see fail).