Definition of err on the side of in English:

err on the side of

phrase

formal
  • Display more rather than less of (a specified quality) in one's actions.

    ‘it is better to err on the side of caution’
    • ‘Women should err on the side of too little rather than too much.’
    • ‘You want to err on the side of too little water rather than too much.’
    • ‘Within reason, it may be best to err on the side of too many, rather than too few, participants.’
    • ‘When refueling with water, it is better to err on the side of too much rather than too little.’
    • ‘With around 400 recipes crammed into its pages, it errs on the side of an encyclopaedia rather than an eyeful.’
    • ‘None too soon, in my opinion, but the Administration is understandably erring on the side of completeness and accuracy rather than releasing information piecemeal.’
    • ‘I believe that I made mistakes, but I also believe that I always tried to do the right thing and that I erred on the side of people rather than the law.’
    • ‘Even if the display erred on the side of parsimony, the gleaming expanse of wooden flooring and the glittering space above seemed to invite one in to marvel.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong, I understand the principle: We should err on the side of protecting the innocent rather than punishing the guilty.’
    • ‘I think the media should always err on the side of revealing rather than concealing.’