[per-fek-tuh-buh l]


capable of becoming or of being made perfect; improvable.

Origin of perfectible

1625–35; < French < Medieval Latin perfectibilis. See perfect, -ible
Related formsper·fect·i·bil·ist, nounper·fect·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·per·fect·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·per·fect·i·ble, adjectiveself-per·fect·i·bil·i·ty, nounun·per·fect·i·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perfectibility

Historical Examples of perfectibility

  • His intellect had assimilated all the steps in the argument for perfectibility.

  • But still he could not share his friends' belief in the perfectibility of mankind.

  • Their central theme is the Pre-existence and Perfectibility of the soul.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting

  • Do not let us confound the ideas of progress and perfectibility.


    James Huneker

  • If then humanity is indefinitely variable, perfectibility is possible.

British Dictionary definitions for perfectibility



capable of becoming or being made perfect
Derived Formsperfectibility, noun
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