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adjective(part of speech)


Spiritual or supernatural

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having failed, missed, or fallen short, especially because of circumstances or a defect of character; unsuccessful; unfulfilled or frustrated (usually used postpositively): a poet manqué who never produced a single book of verse.
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adjective [pekuh-buhl]

liable to sin or error.            

What is the origin of peccable?

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

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[ feekuhnd, –kuhnd, fekuhnd, –uh nd ]


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.


breeding, fertile, fruitful, pregnant, prolific, rich, teeming, spawning, fructiferous

Origin of fecund

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

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relating to or characterized by rainfall.” the alternation of pluvial and arid periods in the Quaternary”


pluvial (plural noun) a period marked by increased rainfall.


mid 17th century: from Latin pluvialis, from pluvia ‘rain’.

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ADJECTIVE not able to be denied or disputed.”incontrovertible proof”

synonyms:indisputable · incontestable · undeniable · irrefutable · unassailable · beyond dispute · unquestionable · beyond question · indubitable · not in doubt · beyond doubt · beyond a shadow of a doubt · unarguable · inarguable · undebatable · unanswerable · unequivocal · unambiguous · unmistakable · certain · sure · definite · definitive · proven · positive · decisive · conclusive · final · ultimate · clear · clear-cut · straightforward · plain · as plain as a pikestaff · transparent · obvious · manifest · evident · self-evident · staring one in the face · patent · demonstrative · demonstrable · observable · palpable · uncontroversial · accepted · acknowledged · marked · pronounced · express · emphatic · categorical · compelling · convincing · clinching · airtight · watertight · irrefragable · apodictic


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