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Definitions and Synonyms of fail-safe | Another word for fail-safe | What is fail-safe?

Definition 1: a mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction - [noun denoting artifact]

(fail-safe is a kind of ...) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

Definition 2: eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fail-safe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fail-safe device in a nuclear weapon to deactivate it automatically in the event of accident

(fail-safe is similar to ...) free from danger or the risk of harm

"a safe trip" "you will be safe here" "a safe place" "a safe bet"

Definition 3: guaranteed not to fail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fail-safe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fail-safe recipe for cheese souffle

(fail-safe is similar to ...) free from danger or risk

"secure from harm" "his fortune was secure" "made a secure place for himself in his field"

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