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peccant

[ pek-uhnt ]
/ ˈpɛk ənt /
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adjective

sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM peccant

pec·can·cy, pec·cant·ness, nounpec·cant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for peccant

peccant
/ (ˈpɛkənt) /

adjective rare

guilty of an offence; corrupt
violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
producing disease; morbid

Derived forms of peccant

peccancy, nounpeccantly, adverb

Word Origin for peccant

C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin
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Medical definitions for peccant

peccant
[ pĕkənt ]

adj.

Producing disease.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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