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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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That the learned judge erred in law in granting reliefs that would serve no useful purpose and are impossible of enforcement having regards to the facts and circumstances of this case.
The court erred in holding once it is found that an executive decision should be rational, it follows that rule 53 applies.
Based on this evidence and the fact that Ward, as sole owner of HAZCO stock, was the primary beneficiary of the benefits to be conferred on execution of the contract, the court ruled the trial court had erred in dismissing Ward's claim and remanded the case to the trial court for a rehearing on Ward's motion.
We hold that the district court erred in at least one aspect of its construction of each of the five claim limitations upon which the judgment of non-infringement was based," wrote the Court of Appeals in its conclusion.
The Court erred as a matter of law in matters including the interpretation and application of the case law relating to rationality as a ground for a legality challenge, and in holding that the National Director of Public Prosecutions is not entitled to terminate a prosecution on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct and the abuse of the prosecutorial process;
The court first discussed the issue of whether the trial judge erred in the decision.
He also argued that the trial judge erred in law in directing the jury in relation to the law of recklessness in a rape charge.
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.
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Sungolds legal argument claims that the trial court erred in finding that the Plaintiffs action was by tribal sovereign immunity and erred in finding that there was no waiver of sovereign immunity in this case.
First, it contends that the Tax Court erred in holding that S retained (1) "possession or enjoyment" of the property he transferred to SFLP or (2) the right to designate who would possess or enjoy it.
In a 2-1 ruling issued Thursday, a 2nd District Court of Appeal panel said that the trial judge erred by removing Klaif as Ritchie's attorney.
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The appeals court reversed and remanded, finding that the district court erred in dismissing the inmate's denial-of-due-process claim.