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adjective in·cor·ri·gi·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈkȯr-ə-jə-bəl, -ˈkär-\

Simple Definition of incorrigible

  • : not able to be corrected or changed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incorrigible

  1. :  incapable of being corrected or amended: as a (1) :  not reformable :  depraved (2) :  delinquent b :  not manageable :  unruly c :  unalterable, inveterate

incorrigibility play \-ˌkȯr-ə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌkär-\ noun
incorrigible noun
incorrigibleness play \-ˈkȯr-ə-jə-bəl-nəs, -ˈkär-\ noun
incorrigibly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of incorrigible in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. At the heart of Roosevelt's style in foreign affairs was a certain incorrigible amateurism. His off-the-cuff improvisations, his airy tendency to throw out half-baked ideas, caused others to underrate his continuity of purpose … —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., American Heritage, May/June 1994

  3. Eating fugu … is an exotic custom that probably would appeal to every incorrigible mountain climber, skydiver and bungee-jumper in America. Why? The fugu is poisonous—and there's no antidote. —Max Friedman, Vegetarian Times, October 1993

  4. Yes, this is a book about America … all seen through the fairy-book life of an incorrigible kid, abandoned by his parents and brought up in a reformatory … —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Times Book Review, 7 May 1989

  5. an incorrigible habit of playing practical jokes

  6. He is always the class clown and his teachers say he is incorrigible.

Did You Know?

Incorrigible has been part of English since the 14th century. Back then, it was used to describe people who were morally depraved, but now it is most often applied to people who merely have bad habits. Is there a "corrigible?" Yes, indeed, we've used "corrigible" in the sense of "capable of being set right; reparable" (as in "a corrigible defect" and "a corrigible sinner") since the 15th century. Both words are from Latin corrigere, which means "to correct" and which is also the source of our word correct.

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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