Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of err.
  • v. Present participle of er.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of making an error.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of making an error

Etymologies

From the verb err. (Wiktionary)
From the verb er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is so much beauty in erring, making mistakes, even hitting rock bottom.

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  • While I tend to agree it would really be nice to know who you're talking with and put some faces to names, there is no harm in erring on the side of caution.

    Show yourselves

  • Triacontad to Sophia, whom they describe as the erring AEon; and I have also there set forth the names of their [AEons]; but if He be not reckoned, there are no longer, on their own showing, thirty productions of AEons, but these then become only twenty-nine.

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  • So maybe Banned Books Week can be fairly characterized as erring on the safe side (the ALA reports that just 513 challenges to books took place last year, and the vast majority of those were unsuccessful).

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  • He thought himself able to recall the erring metal to the path of metalline virtue, to lead the extravagant mineral back to the moral home-life from which it had been seduced, to show the doubting and vacillating salt what it was ignorantly seeking, and to help it to find the unrealised object of its search.

    The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

  • This also was built of logs, and contained a bell "to call the erring to the house of prayer," though, unfortunately, all of that character thereabouts dwelt beyond the sound of its voice.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time

  • It was as though he understood this poor sister, whom the merciful called erring, and the merciless wicked, but of whom the just could only say: she is what we in her place must have become.

    The Workingman's Paradise An Australian Labour Novel

  • He had a chair with a back to it, and a table to hold his books; yet he spent most of his time walking about with a narrow strap of rawhide in his hand, and was ever finding some one whose book drooped, or who was whispering; and the stinging bite of that strap would call the erring to order.

    The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate

  • We must recall their erring fancies to the acts of the Revolution which we revere, for the discovery of its true principles.

    Paras. 25-49

  • Not to go too deeply into the somewhat contradictory mental and cardiac processes of Mr. Worthington, he had somehow tricked himself by that magic exercise of wielding his pen into thinking that he was doing a noble and generous action: into believing that in the course of a very few days -- or weeks, at the most, he would have recalled his erring son and have given Cynthia his blessing.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

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