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[per-fek-tuh-buh l] /pərˈfɛk tə bəl/
capable of becoming or of being made perfect; improvable.
Origin of perfectible
1625-35; < French < Medieval Latin perfectibilis. See perfect, -ible
Related forms
perfectibilist, noun
perfectibility, noun
nonperfectibility, noun
nonperfectible, adjective
self-perfectibility, noun
unperfectible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for perfectibility
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  • His intellect had assimilated all the steps in the argument for perfectibility.

  • But still he could not share his friends' belief in the perfectibility of mankind.

  • Their central theme is the Pre-existence and perfectibility of the soul.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • Do not let us confound the ideas of progress and perfectibility.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • If then humanity is indefinitely variable, perfectibility is possible.

  • Man cannot, then, surpass himself: man's perfectibility is not infinite.

  • But in truth I do not at all believe in this sort of perfectibility.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • If he denied miracles, he yet had a fond faith in the perfectibility of the species.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • It is well to ponder, by the roar of the cataracts of the Nile, over the perfectibility of man.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • I am very glad to hear that you have been arguing against Nageli's law of perfectibility, which seems to me superfluous.

British Dictionary definitions for perfectibility


capable of becoming or being made perfect
Derived Forms
perfectibility, noun
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