[uhn-ur-ing, -er-]


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 formsun·err·ing·ly, adverbun·err·ing·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of unerring

  • 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.


    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.'

  • It was all humbug––all this mummery about intuitions and unerring perception and inscrutability.


    Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for unerring



not missing the mark or target
consistently accurate; certain
Derived Formsunerringly, adverbunerringness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unerring

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

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