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[in-kawr-i-juh-buh l, -kor-] /ɪnˈkɔr ɪ dʒə bəl, -ˈkɒr-/
not corrigible; bad beyond correction or reform:
incorrigible behavior; an incorrigible liar.
impervious to constraints or punishment; willful; unruly; uncontrollable:
an incorrigible child; incorrigible hair.
firmly fixed; not easily changed:
an incorrigible habit.
not easily swayed or influenced:
an incorrigible optimist.
a person who is incorrigible.
Origin of incorrigible
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word incorrigibilis. See in-3, corrigible
Related forms
incorrigibility, incorrigibleness, noun
incorrigibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Dispensing information was a habit which Peter Corke incorrigibly established—one of the things she could not help.

    An American Girl in London Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • Brought up in the gutter, he was from the first incorrigibly lazy and vicious.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • Leslie was so persistent, so incorrigibly intent on his purpose.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • I soon heard of him as incorrigibly religious but incorrigibly dry.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • He was getting as incorrigibly sentimental as a girl in her teens!

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • He is lazy, libertine, and given to lying, but not incorrigibly wicked.

  • Yet Julian found it incorrigibly Christian, and we hear but little of heathenism from Basil.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
  • One of them is the most invincibly impudent, and the other as incorrigibly absurd.

  • His hair curled crisply and incorrigibly and he bore himself with a lazy sort of grace, agile for all its indolence.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for incorrigibly


beyond correction, reform, or alteration
firmly rooted; ineradicable
(philosophy) (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistaken Compare defeasible
a person or animal that is incorrigible
Derived Forms
incorrigibility, incorrigibleness, noun
incorrigibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incorrigibly



mid-14c., from Old French incorrigible (mid-14c.), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis "not to be corrected," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + corrigibilis, from corrigere "to correct" (see correct). Related: Incorrigibly. As a noun, from 1746.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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