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n. pl. er·ran·cies
The state of erring or an instance of it.


n, pl -cies
1. the state or an instance of erring or a tendency to err
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the holding of views at variance with accepted doctrine


(ˈɛr ən si, ˈɜr-)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the state or an instance of erring.
2. tendency to err.
[1615–25; < Latin errantia. See err, -ancy]


1. the condition of being in error.
2. the tendency to be in error or the capacity for being in error; fallibility.
See also: Truth and Error
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.errancy - (Christianity) holding views that disagree with accepted doctrine; especially disagreement with papal infallibility; "he denies the errancy of the Catholic Church"
unacceptability, unacceptableness - unsatisfactoriness by virtue of not conforming to approved standards
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
2.errancy - fallibility as indicated by erring or a tendency to err
fallibility - the likelihood of making errors
inerrancy - (Christianity) exemption from error; "biblical inerrancy"
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Concealment, according to Heidegger, allows errancy, and wandering in errancy:
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