inerrancy

[in-er-uh n-see, -ur-]
noun
  1. lack of error; infallibility.
  2. the belief that the Bible is free from error in matters of science as well as those of faith.Compare creationism(def 3).

Origin of inerrancy

First recorded in 1810–20; inerr(ant) + -ancy

inerrant

[in-er-uh nt, -ur-]
adjective
  1. free from error; infallible.

Origin of inerrant

1645–55; < Latin inerrant-, equivalent to in- in-3 + errant-, stem of errāns present participle of errāre to wander, err; see -ant
Related formsin·er·ran·cy, nounin·er·rant·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inerrancies

inerrancy

n.

1818, from inerrant + -cy.

inerrant

adj.

1650s, in reference to "fixed" stars (as opposed to "wandering" planets), from Latin inerrantem (nominative inerrans) "not wandering," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + errans, present participle of errare "to err" (see err).

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