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imperfectibility

Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being imperfectible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being imperfectible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being imperfectible or incapable of perfection. Imp. Dict., Supp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the capability of becoming imperfect

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Examples

  • In fact, it could be argued that the very concept of rule of law and sanctity of property are based on the imperfectibility of man.

    Matthew Yglesias » Organizing Your People

  • Just as in our work toward chastity, or any other virtue, so in our work toward social justice, we should be aware of "the essential imperfectibility of man's action within history," but that we are "charged to go toward the Kingdom through justice and love."

    Is Economic Justice Possible in this World?

  • Reason and will must attempt to make concrete and to put into practice the criterion of God's mishpat, set up by faith, in changing historical situations, always in the essential imperfectibility of man's action within history.

    Is Economic Justice Possible in this World?

  • One of the advantages of a world-view encompassing imperfectibility and Original Sin is that you're not quite as horrified when people behave badly.

    Archive 2003-04-20

  • From a materialistic stand-point this assumption of imperfectibility inevitably runs into the _reductio ad absurdum_.

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • It is, at best, speculation run mad, and is based on no other assumption than that of the inherent imperfectibility of the universe as it came from the hand of God, or from the dynamic play of molecules extending throughout vast geognostic epochs.

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • But these adherents of inherent imperfectibility instance the fact of vanished and variable stars, as well as those that have suddenly appeared, and, after brief periods of intense brilliancy, as suddenly disappeared, to show that there are mighty disturbances in the sidereal heavens which entirely negative the idea of

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • It is instinctive, not theoretical; a disposition, not a doctrine; realistic and sceptical, not grandiose or utopian; accepting of the imperfectibility of man, not restless to overcome it; and seeking to improve the lot of the many not by referring to some plan, but by working with the grain of "the crooked timber of humanity".

    The Guardian World News

  • Any presumed total transformation of social life by reference to some abstract, metaphysical conception of perfect order is rejected as an incoherent and destructive form of utopian perfectibility, which disregards the imperfectibility of human life in its evolving historical contingency and particularity.

    Darwiniana

  • The countries which abide the most by Enlightenment principles, countries like France, Francophone Belgium, and others, have stagnated the most in recent decades because they are trying to square the actual fact of man’s imperfectibility with a political realm of discourse framed around positive rationalism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Organizing Your People

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