Definition of incorrigible
incorrigibilityplay \(ˌ)in-ˌkȯr-ə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌkär-\ noun
incorrigiblenessplay \(ˌ)in-ˈkȯr-ə-jə-bəl-nəs, -ˈkär-\ noun
incorrigiblyplay \(ˌ)in-ˈkȯr-ə-jə-blē, -ˈkär-\ adverb
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Examples of incorrigible in a Sentence
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
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
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
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
an incorrigible habit of playing practical jokes
He is always the class clown and his teachers say he is incorrigible.
Recent Examples of incorrigible from the Web
As a child, Leonora Carrington — painter, fabulist, incorrigible eccentric — developed the disconcerting ability to write backward with her left hand while writing forward with her right.
Republicans who have been incorrigible in their defense of the indefensible are suddenly showing glimmers of self-respect.
Timberlake is an instinctive and jovial performer—a lovable and incorrigible ham.
While the critics wrap their heads around it all, at least the incorrigible Bernie bro in your Facebook feed will have something to keep him warm on the midterm trail.
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If incorrigible Is a Word, Is Corrigible a Word?
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.
INCORRIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incorrigible for English Language Learners
: not able to be corrected or changed
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