impeccable

adjective
im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpek-ə-bəl \

Definition of impeccable

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

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Other Words from impeccable

impeccability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpe-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
impeccably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpe-​kə-​blē \ 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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The saddlery inside the Sport Turismo is impeccable, and the materials are top-notch. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Porsche Panamera: Fast, Furious and, Yes, a Station Wagon," 19 Dec. 2018 The food and service were impeccable, an impression perhaps skewed by our disproportionate enjoyment of the butter and the tan livery of the expansive wait staff, which worked the dining room like the Harlem Globetrotters on a fourth-quarter run. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 As one of history’s most influential couturiers, Christian Dior was a man of impeccable taste. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 of the Most Swoon-Worthy Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall," 22 Aug. 2018 Aimie’s impeccable reputation and uncanny ability to break acts on multiple promotional formats and platforms sets her apart. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "300 Entertainment Hires Aimie Vaughan-Früehe as SVP, Promotion: Exclusive," 12 July 2018 Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA. Steven Mufson, chicagotribune.com, "EPA's acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 For one, the Mavericks have hired two out-of-state attorneys with deep expertise, impeccable reputations and no apparent ties to Cuban or the Mavericks. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How the NBA Will Investigate and Potentially Punish Mark Cuban and the Mavericks," 23 Feb. 2018 His theme and timing were as impeccable as his haberdashery skills: Browne showed just in advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Vogue, "Notes on Camping (in the Snow)—From Thom Browne," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of impeccable

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impeccable

Latin impeccabilis, from in- + peccare to sin

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impeccable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error

impeccable

adjective
im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ im-ˈpe-kə-bəl \

Kids Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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