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fallible

adjective uk   /ˈfæl.ɪ.bl̩/ us  
able or likely to make mistakes: We place our trust in doctors, but even they are fallible.Weakness and vulnerability A fallible object or system is likely not to work in a satisfactory way: This method is more fallible than most because it depends on careful and accurate timing.
Opposite
Weakness and vulnerability
fallibility
noun [U] uk   /ˌfæl.ɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
The play deals with the fallibility of human nature.Weakness and vulnerability
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