incorruptible

adjective

in·​cor·​rupt·​ible ˌin-kə-ˈrəp-tə-bəl How to pronounce incorruptible (audio)
: incapable of corruption: such as
a
: incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted
b
: not subject to decay or dissolution
incorruptibility noun
incorruptible noun
incorruptibly adverb

Examples of incorruptible in a Sentence

He was trusted, respected, and completely incorruptible.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incorruptible was in the 14th century

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“Incorruptible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incorruptible. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

incorruptible

adjective
in·​cor·​rupt·​ible ˌin-kə-ˈrəp-tə-bəl How to pronounce incorruptible (audio)
1
: not subject to decay
2
: incapable of being corrupted : honest
incorruptibility noun
incorruptibly adverb

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