Definition of fallible in English:



  • Capable of making mistakes or being wrong.

    ‘experts can be fallible’
    • ‘Dr Martin Luther King Jr was also at times as fallible as the next human.’
    • ‘It's easy to make him too perfect and aloof, but if he's too fallible then he's not Superman.’
    • ‘Furthermore, one does not have to look far to see that their judgments are all too frequently fallible.’
    • ‘They now say that clinical trials are misused, abused, misleading, biased, and fallible.’
    • ‘They are your weakest link; a constant reminder that you are human, fallible and getting older.’
    • ‘There had been a moment when he looked fallible, when trying to reach for a Paul Millar free-kick.’
    • ‘On the previous time trial, he had been outclassed by Ullrich and suddenly looked fallible.’
    • ‘No one could imagine Margaret Thatcher appearing on television to admit that she was fallible.’
    • ‘This made no philosophical sense, because human justice is both finite and fallible.’
    • ‘The state has no innate moral compass to guide it and the people who should be its guide are all too fallible.’
    • ‘They are not ethereal beings but fallible, the same as the rest of us.’
    • ‘Do we want a hero with universal vision, or would we prefer a fallible creature, confusing and confused?’
    • ‘But we do the best we can in elections, with limited information and fallible judgment.’
    • ‘But the expert rules are fallible, and there will always be false positives and false negatives.’
    • ‘However, concern has also been expressed that existing security measures are fallible.’
    • ‘We cannot prevent ourselves from falling ill, humans are too fallible, and we love doing things that damage us.’
    • ‘How can you force such people to leave on the strength of a fallible weather forecast?’
    • ‘DNA forensics is starting to reveal just how fallible eyewitness reports can be.’
    • ‘In order to savour the flashing returns and the artistic volleys, we must suffer the faltering second serve and the fallible forehand.’
    • ‘The point is we are all fallible: we all make choices every day that impact on our health, from eating junk food to having children.’
    error-prone, erring, errant, liable to err, prone to err, open to error
    imperfect, flawed, frail, weak
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere deceive.