incorrigible


in·cor·ri·gi·ble

adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈkr-ə-jə-bəl, -ˈkär-\

: not able to be corrected or changed

Full Definition of INCORRIGIBLE

:  incapable of being corrected or amended: as
a (1) :  not reformable :  depraved
(2) :  delinquent
b :  not manageable :  unruly
c :  unalterable, inveterate
in·cor·ri·gi·bil·i·ty \-ˌkr-ə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌkär-\ noun
incorrigible noun
in·cor·ri·gi·ble·ness \-ˈkr-ə-jə-bəl-nəs, -ˈkär-\ noun
in·cor·ri·gi·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INCORRIGIBLE

  1. an incorrigible habit of playing practical jokes
  2. He is always the class clown and his teachers say he is incorrigible.
  3. The incorrigible maleness of men is a standing rebuke to the Rousseau-inspired notions of human moral plasticity that are central to liberalism. —Richard Lowry, National Review, 3 July 2000

Origin of INCORRIGIBLE

Middle English, from Late Latin incorrigibilis, from Latin in- + corrigere to correct — more at correct
First Known Use: 14th century

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