im·​pec·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpek-ə-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

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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 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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Recent Examples on the Web That takes the entire season into consideration and places impeccable value on the concept. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors and Steph Curry in play-in tournament? NBA likes the sound of that," 1 May 2021 People went to Tom Clancy movies for their tech and their military milieu, but this is the only one of the bunch to possess impeccable artistry and soul. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Tom Clancy Movies, Ranked," 30 Apr. 2021 The Broken-In Graphic Tee As a teenager, graphic tees felt like an easy way to advertise my impeccable (read: painfully nerdy) taste—not unlike the Death Cab for Cutie song that automatically played whenever someone visited my Myspace page. Grace Stearns, Vogue, "12 Essential Pieces Everyone Should Own by Age 30," 28 Apr. 2021 The 20-year-old has shown impeccable poise after his IMS oval crash earlier this month. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Here's our report card on all 24 drivers after IndyCar's race at St. Pete," 26 Apr. 2021 Each of the two has impeccable civil rights credentials. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Mystery of Merrick Garland," 26 Apr. 2021 According to Calkins, the woman’s records were as impeccable as her fashion sense. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, "Rising With The SALT Tide: The Legacy Of Tax Partner Carol Calkins," 12 Apr. 2021 Nintendo’s pandemic timing has been unintentionally impeccable. Los Angeles Times, "‘New Pokémon Snap’ may be just the game for this late-pandemic moment," 24 Mar. 2021 Texas’ new defensive coordinator was brought on after seven nearly impeccable seasons as the defensive signal-caller at Washington. Stephen Wagner, Dallas News, "Meet the new members of the Texas Longhorns’ 2021 football coaching staff," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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“Impeccable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impeccable

: free from fault or error


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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