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

Definition of impeccable

  1. 1 :  not capable of sinning or liable to sin

  2. 2 :  free from fault or blame :  flawless spoke impeccable French

impeccability

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Examples of impeccable in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. His English was impeccable but halting, like a well-tooled but slightly rusted machine. —John Updike, New Yorker, 20 Apr. 1987

  3. 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

  4. She has impeccable taste in music.

  5. the etiquette expert was celebrated for her absolutely impeccable manners

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of impeccable

Latin impeccabilis, from in- + peccare to sin


IMPECCABLE Defined for English Language Learners

impeccable

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Definition of impeccable for English Language Learners

  • : free from fault or error


IMPECCABLE Defined for Kids

impeccable

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adjective im·pec·ca·ble \im-ˈpe-kə-bəl\

Definition of impeccable for Students

  1. :  free from fault or error He had impeccable manners.



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