I. adjective Date: 1946 1. incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure 2. being or relating to a safeguard that prevents continuing on a bombing mission according to a preconceived plan 3. having no chance of failure ; infallibly problem-free <
the little black dress…has consistently been the fail-safe solution for night — Vogue
II. noun Date: 1975 a device or measure that makes something fail-safe

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