impeccable

adjective
im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpek-ə-bəl How to pronounce impeccable (audio) \

Definition of impeccable

1 : free from fault or blame : flawless spoke impeccable French
2 : not capable of sinning or liable to sin

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Other Words from impeccable

impeccability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpe-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impeccability (audio) \ noun
impeccably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpe-​kə-​blē How to pronounce impeccably (audio) \ adverb

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The word impeccable has been used in English since at least 1531. It derives from the Latin word impeccabilis, a combination of the Latin prefix in-, meaning "not," and the verb peccare, meaning "to sin." Peccare has other descendents in English. There is peccadillo, meaning "a slight offense," and peccant, meaning "guilty of a moral offense or simply "faulty." There is also peccavi, which comes from Latin, where it literally means "I have sinned," and which is used in English as a noun meaning "an acknowledgment of sin."

Examples of impeccable in a Sentence

Grandfather found a reason to slip in every five minutes. The empty soda cans had to be removed, the bowl of potato chips refreshed. He was sure that he moved unnoticed, like an impeccable waiter of the old school … — Darryl Pinckney, High Cotton, 1992 His English was impeccable but halting, like a well-tooled but slightly rusted machine. — John Updike, New Yorker, 20 Apr. 1987 In order to ensure that at least one verifiable Spaniard participate in this critical venture, Mendoza asked Bishop Zumárraga to nominate as second-in-command a younger friar with impeccable credentials, and the cleric selected a Fransiscan in whom he had great faith … — James A. Michener, Texas, 1985 She has impeccable taste in music. the etiquette expert was celebrated for her absolutely impeccable manners
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Recent Examples on the Web Rick just uses ingredients of impeccable integrity. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019 The logic was impeccable, but would winning the argument be enough? Nicola Twilley, Wired, "A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration," 1 Apr. 2020 Their wedding planner, Kortney Rankin from Elle Audrey, received a thumbs up from the bride for her impeccable taste. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Tiffany And Matthew's Chateau Ceremony Stole The Show," 15 Apr. 2020 Its chunky design comes complete with mechanical, satisfyingly resistant buttons, a transparent front flap—all the better to show off your impeccable music taste—and a clip for attaching it to your pocket. Paul Schrodt, WSJ, "Remember the Walkman? This Nostalgic Update Improves on a Classic," 30 Jan. 2020 For the newborn with impeccable taste: A onesie from Robert’s Western World The Tennesseean's Juli Thanki has discussed Robert’s Western World's place as one of Nashville's most iconic country music and honkey-tonk venues. Tennessean Staff, USA TODAY, "10 gifts for people who love Nashville," 19 Nov. 2019 Beyond his impeccable taste in fashion, parties, and even politics, he was known for selecting the young female editors of his society bibles for their looks and breeding as much as for their writing ability. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019 That same year, a little beauty company called Lancôme came calling and asked Ferragni to lend her impeccable Italian tastes (and wide blue eyes) to a limited-edition selection of things to put on your lips, lids, lashes, and cheeks. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Chiara Ferragni Tells Us How She Gets the 'Blonde' in The Blonde Salad," 12 June 2019 The graphics are crisp, gameplay impeccable, and the story gripping. Popular Science, "Mandatory games for your PS4," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of impeccable

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for impeccable

Latin impeccabilis, from in- + peccare to sin

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“Impeccable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impeccable. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for impeccable

impeccable

adjective
How to pronounce impeccable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error

impeccable

adjective
im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ im-ˈpe-kə-bəl How to pronounce impeccable (audio) \

Kids Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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