impeccable

impeccable, faultless, flawless, errorless are comparable when they mean absolutely correct and beyond criticism.
Impeccable usually applies to something with which no fault can be found or which is irreproachably correct
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the only impeccable writers are those that never wrote— Hazlitt

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her logical process is impeccableGrandgent

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an impeccable figure in trim dinner jacket and starched shirt— Capote

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Faultless is often used in place of impeccable without loss, but it is sometimes preferred when the emphasis is upon the absence of defect or blemish rather than upon technical correctness
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whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be— Pope

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in faultless English and with merciless logic, lashed all the miners' socialistic theories— Collis

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Its distinctive implication, however, is often that of insipidity or tediousness
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faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection, no more— Tennyson

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Flawless applies especially to natural products in which no cracks, blemishes, or imperfections can be detected
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a flawless diamond

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or to character or reputation which is admirably excellent
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destroyed his flawless reputation by a single act

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or to a work of art or its execution when comparably fine
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a flawless lyric

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the flawless technique of the pianist

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a flawless story published in 1895 . . . somewhat forecasts James's final type— Van Doren

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Errorless usually implies absence of all mistakes, especially of such mistakes as are technically regarded as errors; thus, an errorless baseball game may not involve flawless playing.
Analogous words: inerrant, unerring, infallible: *correct, accurate, precise, right, nice: *perfect, entire, whole, intact
Contrasted words: *deficient, defective: *superficial, shallow, uncritical, cursory: culpable, *blameworthy

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  • impeccable — [ ɛ̃pekabl ] adj. • 1479; lat. ecclés. impeccabilis; rad. peccare → pécher 1 ♦ Relig. Incapable de pécher. ♢ Littér. Incapable de faillir, de commettre une erreur. ⇒ infaillible, parfait. « Poète impeccable » (Baudelaire). 2 ♦ (1856) Sans défaut …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • impeccable — Impeccable. adj. de tout genre. Incapable de pecher. Il n y a que Dieu qui soit impeccable par nature. la Vierge estoit impeccable par grace. il n y a point d homme impeccable. Il signifie aussi, Incapable de faillir. J ay pû manquer, je ne suis… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Impeccable — Im*pec ca*ble, a. [L. impeccabilis; pref. im not + peccare to err, to sin: cf. F. impeccable.] Not liable to sin; exempt from the possibility of doing wrong. n. One who is impeccable; esp., one of a sect of Gnostic heretics who asserted their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impeccable — (adj.) 1530s, not capable of sin, from M.Fr. impeccable (15c.) or directly from L.L. impeccabilis not liable to sin, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + pecare to sin, of unknown origin. Meaning faultless is from …   Etymology dictionary

  • impeccable — index absolute (ideal), best, blameless, clean, honest, incorruptible, inculpable, irreprehensible …   Law dictionary

  • impeccable — [adj] above suspicion; flawless accurate, aces, A okay*, apple pie*, clean, correct, errorless, exact, exquisite, faultless, fleckless, immaculate, incorrupt, infallible, innocent, irreproachable, nice, note perfect, on target*, perfect, precise …   New thesaurus

  • impeccable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in accordance with the highest standards; faultless. DERIVATIVES impeccability noun impeccably adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «not liable to sin»: from Latin impeccabilis, from peccare to sin …   English terms dictionary

  • impeccable — [im pek′ə bəl] adj. [L impeccabilis < in , not + peccare, to sin] 1. not liable to sin, incapable of wrongdoing 2. without defect or error; faultless; flawless impeccability n. impeccably adv …   English World dictionary

  • IMPECCABLE — adj. des deux genres T. de Théologie Qui est incapable de pécher. Il n’y a que Dieu qui soit impeccable par nature. La Vierge n’a pu être impeccable que par grâce. Il n’y a point d’homme impeccable. Il signifie aussi, dans le langage ordinaire,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • IMPECCABLE — adj. des deux genres T. de Théologie. Incapable de pécher. Il n y a que Dieu qui soit impeccable par nature. La Vierge n a pu être impeccable que par grâce. Il n y a point d homme impeccable.   Il signifie aussi, dans le langage ordinaire,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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