1. Sinful; guilty.
2. Violating a rule or an accepted practice; erring.
[Latin peccns, peccant-, present participle of peccre, to sin; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) guilty of an offence; corrupt
2. violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
3.(Medicine / Pathology) producing disease; morbid
[from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin]