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Definitions for incorrigible
ɪnˈkɔr ɪ dʒə bəl, -ˈkɒr-in·cor·ri·gi·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incorrigibleadjective

    impervious to correction by punishment


  1. incorrigiblenoun

    An incorrigibly bad individual

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

  2. incorrigibleadjective

    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. incorrigibleadjective

    incurably depraved; not reformable.

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

  4. incorrigibleadjective

    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. incorrigibleadjective


  6. incorrigibleadjective

    determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.

    The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.

  7. incorrigibleadjective


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Incorrigibleadjective

    Bad beyond correction; depraved beyond amendment by any means; erroneous beyond hope of instruction.

    Etymology: incorrigible, Fr. in and corrigible.

    The loss is many times irrecoverable, and the inconvenience incorrigible. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

    What are their thoughts of things, but variety of incorrigible error? Roger L'Estrange.

    Provok'd by those incorrigible fools,
    I left declaiming in pedantick schools. John Dryden, Juven.

    Whilst we are incorrigible, God may in vengeance continue to chastise us with the judgment of war. George Smalridge, Serm.

    The most violent party-men are such as have discovered least sense of religion or morality; and when such are laid aside, as shall be found incorrigible, it will be no difficulty to reconcile the rest. Jonathan Swift.


  1. incorrigible

    Incorrigible generally refers to a person or their tendencies that are impossible to correct or reform. It can also refer to an aspect that is unmanageable or resistant to change. This term often applies to individuals who persistently engage in undesirable behaviors, despite attempts to correct them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incorrigibleadjective

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

  2. Incorrigiblenoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Incorrigible

    矯正できない in Japanese.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 16, 2019  

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  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

Examples of incorrigible in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. A. E. Housman:

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

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