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corrigible

[kawr-i-juh-buh l, kor-]
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adjective
  1. capable of being corrected or reformed: a corrigible criminal.
  2. submissive to correction.
  3. subject to being revised, improved, or made more accurate: a corrigible theory.

Origin of corrigible

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrigibilis, equivalent to Latin corrig(ere) to correct + -ibilis -ible
Related formscor·ri·gi·bil·i·ty, cor·ri·gi·ble·ness, nouncor·ri·gi·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for corrigible

Historical Examples

  • The power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen

  • Corrigible, kor′i-ji-bl, adj. that may be corrected: open to correction.

  • "The most corrigible case what comes to this court," says Mr. Stubbs, bowing knowingly to the judge.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • I heartily hope that if you have been incommoded it is already over, and for a corrigible cause.

  • You have unburdened your own soul in that matter, and if they had been corrigible, you would have helped a good many more.


British Dictionary definitions for corrigible

corrigible

adjective
  1. capable of being corrected
  2. submissive or submitting to correction
Derived Formscorrigibility, nouncorrigibly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin corrigibilis, from Latin corrigere to set right, correct
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Word Origin and History for corrigible

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French corrigible, from Medieval Latin corrigibilis "that which can be corrected," from Latin corrigere (see correct). Related: Corrigibility.

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