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[pek-uh nt]
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  1. sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
  2. violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong.
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Origin of peccant

1595–1605; < Latin peccant- (stem of peccāns), present participle of peccāre to err, offend; see -ant
Related formspec·can·cy, pec·cant·ness, nounpec·cant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for peccancy


adjective rare
  1. guilty of an offence; corrupt
  2. violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
  3. producing disease; morbid
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Derived Formspeccancy, nounpeccantly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin
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Word Origin and History for peccancy



c.1600, from Latin peccantem (nominative pecans) "sinful," present participle of peccare "to sin" (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1620s. Related: Peccancy.

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peccancy in Medicine


  1. Producing disease.
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