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incorruptible

[in-kuh-ruhp-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not corruptible: incorruptible integrity.
  2. that cannot be perverted or bribed: incorruptible by money.
  3. that will not dissolve, disintegrate, decay, etc.: an incorruptible metal.

Origin of incorruptible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word incorruptibilis. See in-3, corruptible
Related formsin·cor·rupt·i·bil·i·ty, in·cor·rupt·i·ble·ness, nounin·cor·rupt·i·bly, adverb

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1. upright, righteous, unbribable.
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Examples from the Web for incorruptible

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  • Some reckon it incorruptible; and if it be not, it is at least a great many years in rotting.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Tom of Bedford, the incorruptible, you know, only he fought cross that day.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The post was an impersonal and incorruptible go-between, so he wrote frequently.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • We cannot maintain that all those who die in a state of excommunication, are incorruptible.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Viola, the Garibaldino, with whom he has lived for some years, calls him the Incorruptible.


British Dictionary definitions for incorruptible

incorruptible

adjective
  1. incapable of being corrupted; honest; just
  2. not subject to decay or decomposition
Derived Formsincorruptibility or incorruptibleness, nounincorruptibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incorruptible

adj.

mid-14c., in a physical sense, from Middle French incorruptible (14c.), or directly from Late Latin incorruptibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + corruptibilis (see corruptible). From 1660s in a moral sense. Related: Incorruptibly.

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