fail-safe

(redirected from Fail-secure)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Fail-secure: Failsafe

fail-safe

Decision-making adjective Referring to a mechanism or device incorporated in a system that ensures safety, should the system fail to function properly. See Clinical pathway.

fail-safe

(fāl′sāf″)
Free of problems; infallible. It is used of a device, system, or program manufactured or conceived not to malfunction or to compensate automatically for a malfunction.
References in periodicals archive ?
Strikes are available for fail-safe or fail-secure operations.
To satisfy the many building and life safety codes, the electric locksets are operable in both fail-safe and fail-secure modes.