Fallible is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of fallible, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
EXAMPLES - Fallible in a Sentence
- Men within the pale as without are still men, vulnerable and fallible. (source)
- How then are we to understand "fallible" doctrines of the third degree? (source)
- They made him kinder, he said: you saw how frail and fallible people were. (source)
- I find, in other words, the best human beings fallible, and _very fallible_. (source)
- Capello, once a football eminence, is now a fallible man at the mercy of events. (source)
- : Your Gwena, for all that she is Grove-born, is just as fallible as any other mortal. (source)
- And Herald Anda is as fallible as anyone else; you don't have to be intimidated by him. (source)
- So, if those materialize, and the Fed suddenly looks fallible, asset prices could be hit. (source)
- And because humans are fallible, even well-conceived software will not be perfectly executed. (source)
- Rather, it arises from the very fact of our existence as fallible beings in a mortal universe. (source)
- If these examples are not enough to demonstrate the General is flawed and fallible then what is? (source)
- But regulators and supervisors are fallible, which is why we need to attack the problems from all sides. (source)
- The Tebow cultural phenomenon then seems much deeper than a healthy distrust of another fallible role model. (source)
- Everything he did was geared towards McClane discovering what truly made him both an endearing and fallible hero. (source)
- For all are G-d's children, and all try their best, amid a fallible nature, to serve G-d and country as best they can. (source)
- Am I really to believe that they are fallible in deciding who is NOT dangerous, but infallible in deciding who IS dangerous? (source)
- Possibly you could ask questions concerning a span of time, but that would be less reliable because memory tends to be fallible. (source)
- But, you don't necessarily agree with their infallible correction: the word should be "fallible" here. interpretation of that verse. (source)
- With Howard, as with everyone I interviewed, I made it clear that I was interested in my real mother, the complex and fallible person. (source)
- That means 187 men and women were put in prison for something they didn't do because someone -- a fallible human being -- made a mistake. (source)
- Shouldn't the public have the right to know if food safety, industry leader, Fresh Express, is as fallible as the rest of lettuce producers? (source)
- What's more, software is used by fallible humans, who will err in their operation of operating systems and in their application of applications. (source)
- Or, I guess the more straightforward thing to ask is this: can you disagree with the Pope, view him as deeply fallible, and still be a good Catholic? (source)
- Thus, there are numerous other analogies proving fallible nature of these spirits and demons, which assume godly images and fulfil some trivial wishes. (source)
- Here it is possible that 'All Popes' may agree with precisely that part of the term 'man,' of which it is not known whether it agrees with 'fallible' or not. (source)
- Whatever the reasons, they suggest Verizon is fully fallible in its customer service, something one suspects its competitors may be quietly gleeful about today. (source)
- But Ms. Mehretu differs from Mr. Twombly in that she creates her effects less through fallible human touch than through an almost machine-made, geometric precision. (source)
- Someone who cast a long shadow at sundown, someone with the infinite capability to fool himself, someone indistinguishable from the most ordinary and fallible of men. (source)
- More important would be to remove the "hair-trigger" status of nuclear weapons, and gradually increase the amount of time between fallible finger and irreversible launch. (source)
- Greenspan, in that same speech, expressed a preference for rules that "kick in automatically, without relying on the ability of a fallible human regulator to predict a coming crisis." (source)
- The one error-monitoring device we're all born with - memory - is, itself, famously fallible, and never more so than when we are called upon to remember unpleasant events like mistakes. (source)
- These have two main sources: the inherently fallible nature of analogical extension, and the Mohists 'discovery that similar grammatical structure need not reliably reflect similar semantics. (source)
- Of course, in reality human beings are fallible and marriage will sometimes have to be dissolved - though not without the financial penalty that accrues to dissolving any legally-binding contract. (source)
- And let's not forget that News Corp. has shown itself to be eminently fallible in the online realm: This is the company that spent $580 million to buy the social-networking sinkhole known as MySpace. (source)
- We must revise our opinions, as a movement, in accordance with changes in our understanding of the Torah and the social context in which it was written, revealed by God, but written by fallible human hands. (source)
- Indeed, the rise in the 10-year yield may be a sign that investors have started to price in the possibility that the Federal Reserve actually is fallible and will raise rates too late to stop an inflation breakout. (source)
- In another book, Writing About Your Life, he beautifully states, "We come from a tribe of fallible people, prisoners of our own destructiveness, and we have endured to tell the story without judgment and to get on with our lives." (source)
- Relying more on market discipline and required minimum equity would allow for less reliance on short-sighted politicians and fallible regulators to develop, implement, and continually update complex and uncertain systems of regulation. (source)
- While mammograms have been used for 40 years -- and have improved in terms of their overall imaging capabilities plus reduced the amount of radiation used -- they remain fallible when diagnosing very small, early growths or abnormalities. (source)
- What this all suggests is that, despite best intentions on behalf of law enforcement, prosecutors, and especially eyewitnesses and traumatized victims, there's probably someone in your own area who has also been the victim of a fallible system -- and there's a story to be done. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "fallible" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 19 synonyms for fallible.
careless, deceptive, errable, errant, erring, faulty, frail, heedless, human, ignorant, imperfect, in question, liable, mortal, questionable, uncertain, unreliable, untrustworthy, weak
We have 9 antonyms for fallible.
certain, correct, definite, infallible, perfect, reliable, strong, sure, unerring
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of fallible from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Capable of making an error: Humans are only fallible.
- (adjective) Tending or likely to be erroneous: fallible hypotheses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Capable of making mistakes or being wrong.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Liable to fail, mistake, or err; liable to deceive or to be deceived
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Liable to err; capable of being or apt to be deceived or mistaken: said of persons.
- (None) Liable to be erroneous or false; subject to inaccuracy or fallaciousness: said of arguments, statements, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
- (adjective) likely to fail or make errors