/ɪnˈfæləbəl / (say in'faluhbuhl)

1. not fallible; exempt from liability to error, as persons, their judgement, pronouncements, etc.
2. absolutely trustworthy or sure: an infallible rule.
3. unfailing in operation; certain: an infallible remedy.
4. Roman Catholic Church (of the pope) abiding in truth when expounding ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals. See Papal Infallibility.
5. an infallible person or thing.
{late Middle English, from Medieval Latin infallibilis. See in-3, fallible}
infallibility /ɪnˌfæləˈbɪləti/ (say in.faluh'biluhtee), infallibleness, noun
infallibly, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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