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.
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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
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Translations

perfectibility

[pəˌfektɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nperfectibilidad f
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perfectibility

nVervollkommnungsfähigkeit f; (of technique, technology, process)Perfektionierbarkeit f
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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.
If perfectibility is defined as man's ability to copy others, there is room to think why we are politically so imperfect.
It also explores the rise of discourses on the perfectibility of humans as they became increasingly tied to education.
Among his topics are Jael in Medieval and early modern art and thought, Jan van Eyck and the early modern re-imagination of Jael, Maarten van Heemskerck and Dirck Coornhert's power of women: a pasquinade on the perfectibility of the imperfect soul, and Philips Galle and Hadrianus Junius' Jael: a biblical Circe and her eloquent riddle.
As humankind's collective intelligence rose to new heights, the dream of human perfectibility emerged.
As our collective intelligence rose to new heights, the dream of human perfectibility emerged.
The dancing bodies onstage can also display a vision of perfectibility, people at their best.
The editors intend these passages to "convey Hawthorne's keen, sustained interest in the diverse reformisms of his time" and in "ideas of progress and perfectibility" (251).
Thanks to such rich and eclectic data, the author uncovers the dynamism of Pakistani theological debates, the constant aspiration for religious perfectibility and the potential the present holds for future change transcending the daily lives of Pakistanis and governmental decisions alike; an analysis, which is in every respect unique.