im·​pec·​ca·​ble (ˌ)im-ˈpe-kə-bəl How to pronounce impeccable (audio)
: free from fault or blame : flawless
spoke impeccable French
: not capable of sinning or liable to sin
impeccability noun
impeccably 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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Word History


Latin impeccabilis, from in- + peccare to sin

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of impeccable was in 1531


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“Impeccable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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im·​pec·​ca·​ble (ˈ)im-ˈpek-ə-bəl How to pronounce impeccable (audio)
: free from fault or blame
impeccability noun
impeccably adverb

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