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

Essential Meaning of impeccable

: free from fault or error The craftsmanship is impeccable. [=flawless] He speaks impeccable [=perfect] English. See More ExamplesShe has impeccable taste in music. His manners are impeccable.Hide

Full Definition of impeccable

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

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 the 16th century. 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 descendants 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"; in English the word functions 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 But for those who love to rock, his musical taste is impeccable. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 The meals are large, filling, and delicious, they're priced well, and the service is impeccable. Regan Stephens, SELF, 8 Jan. 2022 The freshness of the Hokkaido shrimps was impeccable, and the work on the textures and contrast very thoughtful. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The role cemented her status on the stage— and according to Warren, her characters’ styling in that production was also impeccable. Kovie Biakolo, Essence, 4 Jan. 2022 The Galaxy S21 line was impeccable, to the point where Samsung's biggest problem has been making enough of them during a chipset shortage. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 The Phoenix Suns have been impeccable as a team with 25 wins. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 The aesthetics are impeccable, but Motu Nao Nao's beauty is more than skin deep — starting with the property's hyper-focus on sustainability. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 Each of the group’s seven members had impeccable on-the-go style, and though protective masks concealed their faces, their charm was on full display. Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021

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

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: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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