impeccable

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

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 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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If Mosse’s prose can be workmanlike, her plotting and pacing are impeccable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A lush tale of love and hate and religion and politics," 20 June 2019 Though the evening’s amplification was tilted too heavily toward the piano, affording it excessive prominence in the sound mix, at least Barnatan’s impeccable, delicately nuanced pianism gave listeners plenty to savor. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park review: Inon Barnatan sublime in Mozart Piano Concerto," 17 June 2019 The condition of the course is impeccable and the immaculate greens are fun and fair. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2019 unveiled," 7 June 2019 Husebo was known in the community as the quintessential Southern gentleman with his soothing, soft voice and impeccable manners. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Business owner Lanny Husebo dies in his sleep, remembered as 'kind from head to toe'," 12 June 2018 At a recent mass at the Vatican attended by your columnist, some of the Latin used by Pope Francis was impeccable. The Economist, "Latin is dead—yet it also lives on," 8 June 2019 His numbers were vintage — 36 points, 12 rebounds — and his timing impeccable. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Kawhi Leonard, Raptors seize Game 4, presenting a dark prospect for Warriors," 7 June 2019 Gywneth Paltrow wore the most impeccable camel coat. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Just a Bunch of Celebrities Celebrating Easter and Passover," 1 Apr. 2018 Her mouth blooms a litany of ethereal chants, a sacred devotion as impeccable as her white ensembles against her molasses skin—traditional garb in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "From Hip-Hop to Jazz to Reggae, Here Are the Cuban Artists You Should Be Listening to Today," 15 Feb. 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 How to pronounce impeccable (audio) \

Kids Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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