Peccable comes from Old French from the Medieval Latin adjective peccābilis “capable of sin, susceptible to sin,” formed from the Latin verb peccāre “to go wrong, make a mistake, act incorrectly, commit a moral or sexual offense.” Peccable was formed on the model of impeccable, which dates from the first half of the 16th century. Peccable entered English in the early 1600s.
How is peccable used?
In his thought at that sharp moment he blasphemed even against all that had been left of his faith in the peccable Master.
Henry James, The Lesson of the Master, 1888
And Mrs. Hancock delivers Mrs. Malaprop’s peccable usages with impeccable aplomb. Nothing offends this lady so much as having someone cast ”an aspersion upon my parts of speech.”
Walter Goodman, “A Comedy of Manners by Sheridan,” New York Times, August 10, 1989
producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland.very productive or creative intellectually: the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcundus, equivalent to fē- (see fetus) + -cundus adj. suffix; replacing late Middle English fecounde < Anglo-FrenchRelated formsnon·fe·cund, adjectiveun·fe·cund, adjective
1: a: of or relating to the alphabet b : alphabetically arranged 2: rudimentary
Did You Know?
The history of abecedarian is as simple as ABC—literally. The term’s Late Latin ancestor, abecedārius (which meant “alphabetical”), was created as a combination of the letters A, B, C, and D, plus the adjective suffix -arius; you can hear the echo of that origin in the pronunciation of the English term (think “ABC-darian”). In its oldest documented English uses in the early 1600s, abecedarian was a noun meaning “one learning the rudiments of something”; it specifically referred to someone who was learning the alphabet. The adjective began appearing in English texts a few decades after the noun.
Examples of ABECEDARIAN
The children recited an abecedarian chant,
beginning with “A is for apple” and ending with “Z is for
“Aficionados of Sue
Grafton’s popular detective novels starring Kinsey Millhone will not be
disappointed by S is for
Silence, Grafton’s 19th book in her abecedarian series launched in 1982 with A is for Alibi.”
— Jan Collins, The State (Columbia, South
Carolina), 11 Dec. 2005
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