fallibility

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fallible +‎ -ity

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fallibility (countable and uncountable, plural fallibilities)

  1. The state of being prone to error.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 2:
      ...they had a damnably suggestive power which was intensified by the fact of their being genuine photographs—actual optical links with what they portrayed, and the product of an impersonal transmitting process without prejudice, fallibility, or mendacity.
  2. (countable) An error-generating characteristic.
    • 2009 March 11, “Doctor-Patient-Computer Relationships”, in New York Times[1]:
      Dr. Anne Armstrong-Coben has provided a spot-on description of the fallibilities of the electronic medical record from the standpoint of the doctor-patient encounter.

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