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Antonyms for perfectibility

the capability of becoming perfect

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These utopians all proceeded from an unduly optimistic vision of man's perfectibility.
I don't believe in surrogates; they're simply the playthings of minds resistant to the perfectibility of man.
We have built up for ourselves a legend of perfectibility within the church, and the fact of the matter is, we're all flawed people.
Throughout, Kekes attempts to mediate between extremes he finds to be unsatisfactory and misleading: rationalism and fideism, absolutism and relativism, individual and society, perfectibility and corruption, optimism and despair.
Humankind is evolving socially toward perfectibility.
The closest attempt comes when Malone states that progressivism sought the "ultimate perfectibility of mankind" (138).
But the note of national mourning for the starving Irish peasantry, issued by the Queen and Prince Albert in 1847, was itself quickly forgotten in the happier rhetoric of progress and perfectibility that broadcast the Great Exhibition of 1851.
s belief in 'the infinite perfectibility of the human mind'.
When he died in 1992, he left behind not only a valuable record of an era, but the ever-enticing illusion of human perfectibility.
Modernism, with its dreams of perfectibility, came to an end in the mid-twentieth century.
Two versions of a perfectibility standard are embedded in the case law.
Mason recounts how, from the first twenty years of the nineteenth century onwards, working-class ideals of self-improvement and respectability envisaged the subordination of the libido; in this environmentalist linking of progress with sexual continence they resembled several post-Enlightenment defences of human perfectibility against Malthus's thesis of an invariant sexual drive.
Conservatives of various stripes share a belief in limited government because they disdain human perfectibility.
The criteria for user-friendliness changed to include such factors as efficiency (how fast a user could perform tasks), learning curve (how long to become proficient), perfectibility (how well the software could detect errors and suggest corrections) and memorability (how easy it was to remember how to perform tasks if the system was not used for awhile).