[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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Contemporary Examples of unerringly

Historical Examples of unerringly

  • That strange idealist had found a practical use for it at once—unerringly, as it were.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • In detective stories the hero always hits on it unerringly at once.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • With his eyes on the carriage lamps he followed them unerringly.

  • The fine instincts of the animal will lead him unerringly to the refreshing spring.

    A Handful of Stars

    Frank W. Boreham

  • Oh, my children, how unerringly your shafts are levelled at my heart.

    The Robbers

    Friedrich Schiller

British Dictionary definitions for unerringly



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



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

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