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  1. faultless; flawless; irreproachable: impeccable manners.
  2. not liable to sin; incapable of sin.
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Origin of impeccable

First recorded in 1525–35, impeccable is from the Latin word impeccābilis faultless, sinless. See im-2, peccable
Related formsim·pec·ca·bil·i·ty, nounim·pec·ca·bly, adverb


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  • The impeccable character of the little house had been against it.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Your laundress will report on everything, you know; so you must be impeccable.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • How was that to be reconciled with impeccable deference to the ruling religion?

  • I think we could get the newscasts to see it as impeccable public behavior.

    Tinker's Dam

    Joseph Tinker

  • And what—if I may take the liberty—seeks our excellent and impeccable Gaul so far west?

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for impeccable


  1. without flaw or error; faultlessan impeccable record
  2. rare incapable of sinning
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Derived Formsimpeccability, nounimpeccably, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin impeccābilis sinless, from Latin im- (not) + peccāre to sin
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Word Origin and History for impeccable


1530s, "not capable of sin," from Middle French impeccable (15c.) or directly from Late Latin impeccabilis "not liable to sin," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pecare "to sin," of unknown origin. Meaning "faultless" is from 1610s. Related: Impeccably.

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