[pek-uh-buh l]

Origin of peccable

From the Medieval Latin word peccābilis, dating back to 1595–1605. See peccavi, -ble
Related formspec·ca·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for peccable

Historical Examples of peccable

  • 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


  1. liable to sin; susceptible to temptation
Derived Formspeccability, noun

Word Origin for peccable

C17: via French from Medieval Latin peccābilis, from Latin peccāre to sin
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