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err on the side of (something)

To prioritize something, perhaps excessively or unnecessarily. Often used in the phrase "err on the side of caution." I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account.
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err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior; to be very cautious. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early.
See also: caution, err, of, on, side

to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

err on the right side

To avoid making a seriously troublesome mistake. I made a few mistakes in my essay, but at least I managed to err on the right side.
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To err is human(, to forgive divine).

Prov. You should not be too harsh with someone who makes a mistake, because all human beings make mistakes. (Often used as a roundabout way to ask someone to forgive you for making a mistake.) Jill: How could you let my dog get out when I told you a hundred times that he should stay in the house! Ellen: To err is human, to forgive divine.
See also: err, human

err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
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to err is human

People say to err is human to mean that it is natural for human beings to make mistakes. To err is human, and nobody likes a perfect person. Note: People sometimes use the whole expression to err is human, to forgive divine to mean that it is a very good thing to be able to forgive someone who does something wrong. Everyone admires her behaviour — after all, to err is human, to forgive divine. Note: This expression comes from an essay by Alexander Pope.
See also: err, human

err on the right side

act so that the most likely mistake to be made is the least harmful one.
See also: err, on, right, side

err on the side of

act with a specified bias towards something.
1999 Nature Der Sündefall's message may err on the side of alarmism, but it certainly is a good read.
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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

err on the side of something

show slightly too much rather than too little of a quality, especially a good one: When I am marking exam papers, I always try to err on the side of generosity (= I give slightly higher marks than the students may deserve).
Err is an old-fashioned word meaning ‘make a mistake’.
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In addition to the influence of accounting rules on the choice of ERR, recent research suggests that the choice of ERR is driven in part by fund size.
To answer this question, I derive an analytical solution for the foreign exchange risk premium as a function of the monetary rule parameters for both an IRR and an ERR.
ERR as "1" if country i is under hard peg at time t and "0" under intermediate and floating: adopting hard peg rather than intermediate or floating results in an increase of [[beta].
After 12 weeks of treatment, there was a significant reduction in MRS score in the women taking the extract; 46 of the 56 (82%) women randomized to ERr 731 had a decrease of at least 10 points in their MRS score, compared with 2 (4%) of the women randomized to placebo.
From the clinical observations with ERr 731[R], the question arises whether ERr 731[R] exerts its biological effects via binding to, and activation of, estrogen receptors.
And the fans may concur with the idea of replacing K err if Ireland fail to finish in the top two of a qualifying group for the second successive time.
We err towards the familiar and expected, even if cumbersome.
But why not err on the side of caution and seek to find ways to terminate pregnancies in the most humane ways possible for both the woman and the fetus?
As Grampaw Pettibone would say, "Gol darn it, to err may be human .
Societies that err on the side of too much conformity lose the ability to innovate and adapt to changing conditions and, hence, they eventually fail.
That may be so, but the government has decided to err on the side of caution.
But, as David Nirenberg has stunningly shown in Communities of Violence, we err when we attempt to create teleologies of violence.
1) If Federal Reserve member banks gained deposits relative to nonmember banks, the ERR increases.
pyogenes (ERR)isolated in Gipuzkoa, Spain, in the last 10 years and 128 ErR isolated in Vitoria and Madrid during 1996.
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