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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. 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.
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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Because humans are fallible, they deserve forgiveness. 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

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.
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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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Relative to the issue of whether the trial court erred in denying remittitur on the damages awarded by the jury, the court was highly circumspect.
Carter contended the judge erred in deciding that the prosecution had exercised due diligence to find Simmons.
I hope we erred in the lab, which means we [actually] cloned a calf from somatic cells-a first for Brazil," said Jose Visintin, DVM.
The appeals court vacated and remanded, finding that district court erred in dismissing the petition.
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Tax Court had erred by including depreciation in the costs of operating the jet.
Mead Corporation -- scheduled for argument on November 8 -- the government relies heavily on Correll to support its position that the appellate court erred in not recognizing the significant deference to be accorded revenue rulings.
Bush erred, most critics now believe, in painting a Milton who is too moderate and irenic; Zagorin errs by painting a Milton for whom religion is unimportant This attitude is evidenced not only by Zagorin's repeated comments but by his failure to discuss the political implications of works, such as "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," which reveal views of history that are difficult to secularize.
Rather, Coke erred in refusing to admit from the start that its product was losing favor with its customers.
In its decision, the district court ruled the bankruptcy court erred in applying federal law instead of state law in determining the status of the agreement under Section 365.
24 ( ANI ): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is on Saturday likely to take action against those police officers who erred in the case that led to the arrest of two 21-year-old Palghar girls.
AnMed further contended that the trial court erred in refusing to excuse for cause such potential jurors and admitting the cost of the patient's first operation into evidence as to part of her damages and.
The man's counsel had argued the trial judge erred in law in admitting evidence of the absence of consent when the applicant allegedly requested sex during an incident earlier on the night of the alleged offence.
Defendant Raymond Charles Randolph had argued that the trial court erred by not instructing the jury to consider that he had consumed tequila when it decided whether he had the required mental state to commit the crime.
In analyzing the data, Krueger concluded that Peterson had erred by omitting too many children from the statistical sample.
When shown pictures of faces expressing various emotions--anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise--NK erred frequently only in identifying instances of disgust .