pec·cant  (pknt)


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.]

peccan·cy n.
peccant·ly adv.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

peccant [ˈpɛkənt]

adj Rare

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]
peccancy  n
peccantly  adv

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