[ pek-uh-buhl ]
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  1. liable to sin or error.

Origin of peccable

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Old French, from Medieval Latin peccābilis “capable of sin, susceptible to sin,” derived from the Latin verb peccāre “to go wrong, make a mistake”; see peccavi, -ble

Other words from peccable

  • pec·ca·bil·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby peccable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peccable in a sentence

  • I will readily confess that the logic is, if not impeccable, only mildly peccable.

    Dear Liberals: Stop Complaining | Michael Tomasky | January 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • By acting on the advice of ‘evil and wicked councillors,’ it was declared that a peccable king had forfeited the throne.

  • A peccable monarch may forfeit his throne; an impeccable one can only abdicate it.

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for peccable


/ (ˈpɛkəbəl) /

  1. liable to sin; susceptible to temptation

Origin of peccable

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

Derived forms of peccable

  • peccability, noun

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