Etymology: < French peccable (c1050 in Old French as pecables; compare Anglo-Norman pecchable, peccable, pechable) and its etymon post-classical Latin peccabilis capable of sinning, liable to sin (9th cent.; 14th cent. in British sources), sinful (14th cent. in British sources) < classical Latin peccāre to sin (see peccant adj. and n.) + -bilis-ble suffix, after impeccābilisimpeccable adj.... (Show Less)
1. Capable of sinning; liable to sin. In later use also (freq. in humorous contrast to impeccable): fallible, imperfect, flawed.
1604 T. Wright Passions of Minde (new ed.) v. §4. 210 All men by nature are sinners, are peccable, the iust offend often.
1675–6 H. More Let. 10 Jan. in Conway Lett. (1992) vii. 417 Which is wonderfull how else to understand of the Humanity of Christ, unlesse he had such a soul as other men have, of itself indeed peccable but by reason of his perpetuall Faythfulnesse, alwayes devoyd of sin.
1741 G. Berkeley Let. 7 June in Wks. (1871) IV. 272 We hold all mankind to be peccable and errable, even the Pope himself.
1833 J. H. Newman Arians 4th Cent. ii. 249 At first it [sc. Arianism] had not scrupled to admit the peccable nature of the Son; but it soon‥avowed that, in matter of fact, He was indefectible.
1857 H. Miller Test. Rocks iii. 154 Fitting and preparing peccable, imperfect man, for a perfect impeccable future state.
1900 F. Thompson in T. L. Conolly Literary Crit. (1948) 137 The sublimest teaching, if the utterance be peccable, is not worth one impeccable stanza.
1936 D. B. MacDonald Hebrew Philos. Genius vii. 141 The state‥was a divine foundation and, therefore, peccable only on its human side.
1992 N.Y. Times (Nexis) 13 Mar. c6/1 Its credentials are about as impeccable as you can find in the peccable atmosphere of Hollywood.
†2. Sinful, wrong. Obs. rare.
1633 W. Prynne Histrio-mastix 563 Is not the selfe same sinne as sinfull, as peccable?
Monday, June 06, 2011
Im/peccable = With(out) Sin
Perhaps you read my post on the word vincible. Well, would you believe that there is a peccable as well as the better-know impeccable?