adjective in·cor·ri·gi·ble \(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


  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


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


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