What does incorrigible mean?

Definitions for incorrigibleɪnˈkɔr ɪ dʒə bəl, -ˈkɒr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incorrigible.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incorrigible(adj)

    impervious to correction by punishment


  1. incorrigible(Noun)

    An incorrigibly bad individual

    The incorrigibles in the prison population are either lifers or habitual reoffenders

  2. incorrigible(Adjective)

    defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.

    The construction flaw is incorrigible; any attempt to amend it would cause a complete collapse.

  3. incorrigible(Adjective)

    incurably depraved; not reformable.

    His dark soul was too incorrigible to repent, even at his execution.

  4. incorrigible(Adjective)

    impervious to correction by punishment or pain.

    The imp is incorrigible: his bottom is still red from his last spanking when he plans the next prank.

  5. incorrigible(Adjective)


  6. incorrigible(Adjective)

    determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.

    The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.

  7. incorrigible(Adjective)


  8. Origin: Recorded since 1340, from incorrigible (1334), or directly from incorrigibilis, from in- "not" + corrigere "to correct" + -ibilis "-able".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incorrigible(adj)

    not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable; as, incorrigible error

  2. Incorrigible(noun)

    one who is corrigible; especially, a hardened criminal; as, the perpetual imprisonment of incorrigibles

  3. Origin: [L. incorrigibilis: cf. F. incorrigible. See In- not, and Corrigible.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incorrigible

    in-kor′i-ji-bl, adj. and n. bad beyond correction or reform.—ns. Incorr′igibleness, Incorrigibil′ity.—adv. Incorr′igibly.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incorrigible in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incorrigible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. A. E. Housman:

    In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

  2. Don Marquis:

    If a child shows himself to be incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity marry, and perpetuate his kind.

Images & Illustrations of incorrigible

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Translations for incorrigible

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • unverbesserlich, unverbesserbarGerman
  • incorregibleSpanish
  • incorrigibleFrench
  • onverbeterlijk, onveranderlijk, onherstelbaar, onverbeterlijke, onverbeterbaarDutch
  • неизлечимый, неисправимыйRussian
  • 不可救药Chinese

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