perfectibility


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per·fect·i·ble

 (pər-fĕk′tə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of becoming perfect or being made perfect: perfectible prose.

per·fect′i·bil′i·ty n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perfectibility - the capability of becoming perfect; "he believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"
capableness, potentiality, capability - an aptitude that may be developed
imperfectibility - the capability of becoming imperfect
Translations

perfectibility

[pəˌfektɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nperfectibilidad f

perfectibility

nVervollkommnungsfähigkeit f; (of technique, technology, process)Perfektionierbarkeit f
References in classic literature ?
He began to look at his picture with all his own full artist vision, and was soon in that mood of conviction of the perfectibility, and so of the significance, of his picture--a conviction essential to the most intense fervor, excluding all other interests--in which alone he could work.
I took in all the new ideas at one time--human perfectibility, now.
It is even possible--for similar cases have often happened--that if Clifford, in his foregoing life, had enjoyed the means of cultivating his taste to its utmost perfectibility, that subtile attribute might, before this period, have completely eaten out or filed away his affections.
He had battled with it like a man, and had lots of fine Utopian ideas about the perfectibility of mankind, glorious humanity, and such-like, knocked out of his head, and a real, wholesome Christian love for the poor, struggling, sinning men, of whom he felt himself one, and with and for whom he spent fortune, and strength, and life, driven into his heart.
So much is contained in it: the idea of the individual, responsibility, choice, the life of the intellect, the idea of vocation and perfectibility and achievements.
During the Enlightenment, follies came to represent a king of necessary evil, without which rationalism, progress and faith in the perfectibility of mankind would have been empty concepts mere fictions of good without tangible antagonists.
Like all liberals he has faith in social progress and subscribes to the perfectibility of the individual.
Finally, Munck's use of Condorcet, who awaiting execution still spoke of human perfectibility, seems to cast French dreams in a somewhat positive light.
At one time Jerry studied for the ministry and holds an implicit belief in the perfectibility of mankind.
He was very much a man of the Enlightenment who, while not believing in the perfectibility of man in any simplistic sense, encouraged all of us to strive for the highest possible standards in society and in our public and private lives.
Imbued with the optimistic Enlightenment belief in progress and human perfectibility, modern man was in thrall to a 'blind will to change', to an obsession with rationality that itself bordered on the irrational.