[ in-fal-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈfæl ə bəl /


absolutely trustworthy or sure: an infallible rule.
unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain: an infallible remedy.
not fallible; exempt from liability to error, as persons, their judgment, or pronouncements: an infallible principle.
Roman Catholic Church. immune from fallacy or liability to error in expounding matters of faith or morals by virtue of the promise made by Christ to the Church.


an infallible person or thing.

Origin of infallible

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word infallibilis. See in-3, fallible

Related forms

in·fal·li·bil·i·ty, in·fal·li·ble·ness, nounin·fal·li·bly, adverbnon·in·fal·li·ble, adjectivenon·in·fal·li·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infallible


/ (ɪnˈfæləbəl) /


not fallible; not liable to error
not liable to failure; certain; surean infallible cure
completely dependable or trustworthy


a person or thing that is incapable of error or failure

Derived Forms

infallibility or infallibleness, nouninfallibly, adverb
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