[feyl-sawft, -soft] /ˈfeɪlˌsɔft, -ˌsɒft/

pertaining to or noting facilities built into a system, as in an automobile or a computer, for continuing operations on an interim basis and probably with reduced efficiency, if parts of the system fail.


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