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Monday, November 08, 2004

Definitions for fallible

  1. Liable to make a mistake.
  2. Liable to be inaccurate or erroneous.

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Citations for fallible
But human beings are fallible. We know we all make mistakes. Robert S. McNamara, Argument Without End
Jack Kerouac was neither a demon nor a saint but a fallible, notably gentle, deeply conflicted and finally self-destructive person whose dream from childhood was to be a writer. Morris Dickstein, New York Times
Origin of fallible
late Middle English
Fallible derives from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere, "to deceive." It is related to fail, false (from falsum, the past participle of fallere), fallacy ("a false notion"), fault (from Old French falte, from fallere), and faucet (from Old Provençal falsar, "to falsify, to create a fault in, to bore through," from fallere).