impeccable

adjective
im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpek-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun
impeccably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpe-​kə-​blē \ 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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His theme and timing were as impeccable as his haberdashery skills: Browne showed just in advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Vogue, "Notes on Camping (in the Snow)—From Thom Browne," 31 Dec. 2018 This year’s best design and urbanism books feature impeccable modern interiors and fantastical cityscapes, educational toys and landscape utopias, plus playgrounds, textiles, subway tiles, and road trips. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Her impeccable glow, which is also on full display in her most recent pic. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Hailee Steinfeld Wore Bright Red Lipstick with Jeans," 17 Sep. 2018 Upon graduation, Ruth finds that no one will hire her to practice law, even though her credentials are impeccable — first in her class, member of the Law Review at both Harvard and Columbia — for reasons that are obviously linked to her gender. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconification culminates in the biopic On the Basis of Sex," 20 Dec. 2018 By the years after World War II, when Mr. Frere was building his reputation as an opportunistic investor with impeccable timing, Charleroi was fading. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Belgian Billionaire Was a Quiet Force in Europe’s Boardrooms," 7 Dec. 2018 David Ramos / Getty Facebook has impeccable timing. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s upcoming developer conference is a chance to explain what comes after Cambridge Analytica," 24 Apr. 2018 She was known for her impeccable comic timing as well as her dancing skills — a serious asset in country where song-and-dance melodramas are a movie staple. Fay Abuelgasim, The Seattle Times, "Dubai police: Bollywood’s Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub," 26 Feb. 2018 Credit Bradshaw’s deadpan delivery, featuring the impeccable timing and some of the mannerisms of a good stand-up comic. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One duo shines amid Rep Lab experiments," 16 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 \

Kids Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.

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