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 Hailey and Justin Bieber have an impeccable sense of style—unsurprising, when one of the spouses is an international supermodel. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 2 Sep. 2021 The winning images are a beautiful show of impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 One feels, around Lilja’s earnestness, the author’s impeccable timing. Brandon Taylor, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 According to the star, bringing smiles and joy to people, whether on Blackish with her impeccable comedic timing, or through opportunities like this one, is part of her purpose. Essence, 9 July 2021 Steve Harvey has always had an impeccable sense of fashion. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2021 Carol Lindeen was known for her impeccable fashion sense, her daughter said, and worked for years at Jan Byce’s Boutique at Hilldale Mall. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Mar. 2021 Sewell opted out of the 2020 college season, but his credentials are impeccable. Jack Magruder, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The choreography is impeccable, but it’s Aaliyah that elevates sharp moves into a silky masterclass in putting on a show. Photo: Chris Walter/wireimage.,, 26 Aug. 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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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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