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infallible

Definition:

incapable of failure or error

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

infallibility

Comparative:

more infallible

Superlative:

most infallible

Similar to:

foolproof | inerrable

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • an infallible antidote
  • an infallible memory
  • the Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible
  • no doctor is infallible

Etymology:

Medieval Latin infallibilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see "in-" (1)) +...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Infallibility

a term with a variety of meanings related to knowing truth with certainty. When a statement, teaching, or book is called 'infallible', this can mean any of the following: It's something that can't be proved false. ; It's something that can be safely ... (43 of 1562 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Infallibility

Collins Dictionary:

infallible | inerrable [less common] | inerrant [less common] | unfallible [less common] | certain [synonym, sense-specific] | sure [synonym, sense-specific] | infallibility [derived] | infallibleness [noun, derived]

not fallible; not liable to error | not liable to failure; certain; sure | completely dependable or trustworthy | a person or thing that is incapable ... (23 of 434 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/infallible

Merriam-Webster:

infallible | unerring [synonym, sense-specific] | certain [synonym, sense-specific] | unfailing [synonym, sense-specific] | fallible [antonym, sense-specific] | errorless [similar, sense-specific] | faultless [similar, sense-specific] | flawless [similar, sense-specific] | impeccable [similar, sense-specific] | ...

incapable of error; "unerring" | not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint; "certain" | incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or ... (21 of 121 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/infallible

Oxford Dictionary:

infallible | infallibly [derived]

incapable of making mistakes or being wrong | never failing; always effective | [Roman Catholic] credited with papal infallibility (17 of 82 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/infallible

Random House Dictionary:

infallible

absolutely trustworthy or sure. | unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain. | not fallible; exempt from liability to error, as persons, their ... (20 of 74 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/infallible

American Heritage Dictionary:

infallible | infallibility [noun, related] | infallibleness [noun, related] | infallibly [adverb, related]

Incapable of erring | Incapable of failing; certain | [Roman Catholic] Incapable of error in expounding doctrine on faith or morals. (19 of 63 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/infallible

New World Dictionary:

infallible | infallibility [noun, related] | infallibly [adverb, related]

incapable of error; never wrong | not liable to fail, go wrong, make a mistake, etc.; dependable; reliable; sure | [Roman Catholic] incapable of error ... (23 of 61 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/infallible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

infallible | infallibility [noun, uncountable, related] | infallibly [adverb, related]

not capable of making mistakes | certain to work or have the effect you intended (14 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/infallible

Wiktionary:

infallible

Without fault or weakness; incapable of error or fallacy. | certain, sure. (11 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/infallible

Cambridge Dictionary:

infallible | infallibility [noun, derived]

never wrong, failing or making a mistake (7 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/infallible

Columbia Encyclopedia:

infallibility

in Christian thought, exemption from the possibility of error, bestowed on the church as a teaching authority, as a gift of the Holy Spirit. It has ... (26 of 175 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0825177​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

infallible

incapable of making a mistake | certain not to fail | incapable of being mistaken in matters of doctrine and dogma (19 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621114​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

infallible

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Medieval Latin infallibilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see "in-" (1)) + fallibilis. In reference to Popes, attested from 1870.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=infallible

American Heritage Dictionary:

infallible

Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin īnfallibilis: Latin in-, not; see "in-" [entry 1] + Medieval Latin fallibilis, fallible; see "fallible".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/infallible

Merriam-Webster:

infallible

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin infallibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin fallibilis fallible

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/infallible

Oxford Dictionary:

infallible

First use: late 15th century

Origin: French infaillible or late Latin infallibilis, from in- "not" + Latin fallere "deceive"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/infallible

Wiktionary:

infallible

Origin: Medieval Latin infallibilis, from Latin in- + fallibilis. Compare French infaillible.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/infallible

New World Dictionary:

infallible

Origin: Medieval Latin infallibilis: see "in-" and "fallible"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/infallible

Encarta Dictionary:

infallible

First use: 15th century

Origin: medieval Latin infallibilis from Latin fallere "deceive, disappoint"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621114​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

infallible

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

infallible

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

infallible

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Cambridge Dictionary:

infallible

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "infallible"

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the Free Dictionary:

infallible

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Google Dictionary:

infallible

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

infallible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "infallible"

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YourDictionary Audio:

infallible

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freedictionary.org:

infallible

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