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[pek-uh-buh l] /ˈpɛk ə bəl/
liable to sin or error.
Origin of peccable
From the Medieval Latin word peccābilis, dating back to 1595-1605. See peccavi, -ble
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peccability, noun Unabridged
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  • He had hated Bassett for that; but it was not for the peccable Thatcher to point a mocking finger at Achilles's heel.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • By acting on the advice of ‘evil and wicked councillors,’ it was declared that a peccable king had forfeited the throne.

  • But peccable and rough though the members of this royal house may have been, very few of them were without the governing faculty.

    The Liberation of Italy

    Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • A peccable monarch may forfeit his throne; an impeccable one can only abdicate it.

British Dictionary definitions for peccable


liable to sin; susceptible to temptation
Derived Forms
peccability, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Medieval Latin peccābilis, from Latin peccāre to sin
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