per·​fect·​ible | \ pər-ˈfek-tə-bəl How to pronounce perfectible (audio) also ˈpər-fik- \

Definition of perfectible

: capable of improvement or perfection (as in moral state)

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perfectibility \ pər-​ˌfek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perfectibility (audio) also  ˌpər-​fik-​ \ noun

Examples of perfectible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philosophers such as Rousseau, whose worldview inspired many progressives, believed that human nature is highly malleable, even perfectible, so long as the right corrections are made to the social structure. Nate Hochman, National Review, "How Might Republicans Win Young Voters?," 16 July 2019 Young people appear to have internalized irrational social ideals of the perfectible self that, while unrealistic, are to them eminently desirable and obtainable. Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge, "Inside the surreal, probably inevitable world of plastic surgery apps," 6 Apr. 2018 Jefferson instead embraced an Enlightenment creed that regarded humanity as potentially perfectible if freed from too much government. Alan Taylor, WSJ, "Review: Adams and Jefferson, Two ‘Friends Divided’," 20 Oct. 2017 Cigarette rolling is a mini-craft project unto itself, repeatable and perfectible. John Sherman, Longreads, "Taking Up Smoking at the End of the World," 15 Sep. 2017 Since real people are far from perfectible, they must be forced to assume their places in Utopia. Kevin Passmore, Slate Magazine, "It’s very difficult to tell whether you’re living in a fascist state. But consult this chart for starters.," 20 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of perfectible

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Perfectible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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