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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a malfunction; Guaranteed not to malfunction

Usage examples (41)
  • A fail-safe device in a nuclear weapon to deactivate it automatically in the event of accident
  • A fail-safe recipe for cheese souffle
  • But all along, we had that fail-safe of Baton Rouge.
  • So it's not that you have to have fail-safe security. for more
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