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1. Capable of making an error: Humans are only fallible.
2. Tending or likely to be erroneous: fallible hypotheses.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere, to deceive.]

fal′li·bil′i·ty, fal′li·ble·ness n.
fal′li·bly adv.
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Next week we will round off another hectic year on the roots music scene in the North East with the annual - and fallibly personal - gig highlights review.
But it is my hope that it will be the crest of a new wave of writing that depicts reality not as we fallibly perceive it to be, but as it actually is.
According to that principle, an understanding of another's reasons for acting is achieved most reliably, though still fallibly, through direct second personal dialogue rather than by means of third personal theorizing or imaginative simulation (Hutto, "The Limits of Spectatorial Folk Psychology," 2004).
But these actions and the world in which they are acted are not themselves the foundation of meaning; they are only forms of evidence from which meanings may be fallibly inferred.
Sadly, this proclivity to supremacies and purity is still evident in a dented world pregnant with resurgence of white supremacy, and where whites have for long fallibly believed that Africa has been lying ready for them to explore, exploit and take.
If, as he says, the work of Anselm Kiefer also informs his artistic practice, it is in this searing honesty, an unflinching willingness to confront the terrible and terrifying--coupled, though, with a gentle unsnared pacifism, wrested free of the dominant narrative of constructed nationalism of the belligerents, and drifting instead to the fallibly, achingly human.
I have to use shorthand here to explain myself: I mean that I try, however fallibly, to ensure that a "sense of the sacred" utterly dominates any "sense of sin" which orthodoxies are so brilliant at codifying.
Simply standing on the ground, solidly if fallibly upright, is a kind of miracle, as if the scene, and perhaps the play, were focused on a single text: "The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and lifteth up all that are ready to fall" (Psalms 145:14).
The vulnerability of the material text "starved to macron, breve" suggests to Merrill the similarly fragile memories the "gasping, shivering" words record--memories fallibly preserved by the body and thus always on the verge of "expiring":
On the anthropological side, Robinson's discussion includes the evolution of human semiosis (from competence with legisigns through to conventional symbols) and shows how the "gift of abduction" enables human sign-interpreters to infer, discern, and engage, however fallibly, the revelatory signs of God's presence and activity in the world.