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 impeccable (audio) \ noun
impeccably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpe-​kə-​blē How to pronounce impeccable (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 Her logic is impeccable and her proposal is, of course, doomed. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Herself’ Review: Small Budget, Large Spirit," 30 Dec. 2020 And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue's timing was impeccable. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Georgia Senate runoff: Republican Perdue boosted his wealth with well-timed stock trades," 28 Nov. 2020 And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue's timing was impeccable. CBS News, "Georgia Senator David Perdue boosts wealth with well-timed stock trades," 26 Nov. 2020 The movement’s second choice, Sarah Bloom Raskin, has impeccable credentials as an Obama-era Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, and has long been outspoken about climate change. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Global Warming by the Numbers, Because This Week the Reality Is Too Much," 17 Nov. 2020 Republicans called Barrett a thoughtful judge with impeccable credentials. Dallas News, "Barrett vows to interpret laws ‘as they are written'," 12 Oct. 2020 And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue's timing was impeccable. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Georgia Senate runoff: Republican Perdue boosted his wealth with well-timed stock trades," 28 Nov. 2020 And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue's timing was impeccable. CBS News, "Georgia Senator David Perdue boosts wealth with well-timed stock trades," 26 Nov. 2020 Curie, but her binational accent is impeccable and her performance is both compelling and entirely believable. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’ Review: Fallout of an Affair," 3 Dec. 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 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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