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perfectible

[per-fek-tuh-buh l] /pərˈfɛk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of becoming or of being made perfect; improvable.
Origin of perfectible
1625-1635
1625-35; < French < Medieval Latin perfectibilis. See perfect, -ible
Related forms
perfectibilist, noun
perfectibility, noun
nonperfectibility, noun
nonperfectible, adjective
self-perfectibility, noun
unperfectible, adjective
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  • If then humanity is indefinitely variable, perfectibility is possible.

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

  • Vice and misery and the inexorable laws of population were a godsend to rescue the state from "the precipice of perfectibility."

  • Man cannot, then, surpass himself: man's perfectibility is not infinite.

  • Godwin believed in the perfectibility of the race, and proved that man's career has been a constant movement forward.

  • It is well to ponder, by the roar of the cataracts of the Nile, over the perfectibility of man.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • He laughs at the perfectibility of the species, and holds that 'all things move, not in progress but in a ceaseless round.'

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • He has no belief either in this natural paradise or in ‘Godwinian perfectibility.’

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • Such are the memorable quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns, and the philosophe idea of perfectibility and human progress.

  • I am very glad to hear that you have been arguing against Nageli's law of perfectibility, which seems to me superfluous.

British Dictionary definitions for perfectibility

perfectible

/pəˈfɛktəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of becoming or being made perfect
Derived Forms
perfectibility, noun
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