im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpe-kə-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

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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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) \

Kids Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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