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/ kəˈrʌp tə bəl /
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that can or might be corrupted.
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Origin of corruptible

1300–50; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Late Latin corruptibilis<Latin corrupt(us) (see corrupt) + -ibilis-ible

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What does corruptible mean?

Corruptible is an adjective most commonly used to describe someone or an institution that can be caused to be dishonest or act immorally.

Corruptible comes from the verb corrupt, which means to destroy the integrity of someone or something or cause someone to be dishonest.

As an adjective, corrupt is commonly used to describe members of organizations or institutions who engage in illegal or otherwise dishonest practices to benefit themselves. It can also be used in this way to describe their actions or institutions that have a lot of corruption.

Corrupt and corruption are most often used in the context of such rulebreaking by people who are powerful or who are responsible for the well-being of others, such as politicians, government officials, and police officers.

More generally, corrupt be used as an adjective that means depraved, debased, or having been made worse in some way. It can also be used as a verb meaning to make someone or something depraved, debased, or worse in some way.

Something that is corruptible is able to be made worse in some way, perhaps easily. For example, someone who’s corruptible will offer little resistance when they’re pressured to do the wrong thing—or they may even seek out an opportunity to break the rules to benefit themselves, such as by taking a bribe.

The opposite of corruptible is incorruptible. Someone who’s incorruptible is honest and unbribable.

Example: Bribes and kickbacks are their normal way of doing business, and they always seek out corruptible people to help them do it.

Where does corruptible come from?

The first records of the word corruptible come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb corrumpere, meaning “to ruin” (or literally “to break to pieces”), from the verb rumpere, “to break.” The suffix -ible is a variant of -able, making corruptible literally mean “able to be corrupted.”

People described as corrupt are usually those who are supposed to be upholding the rules but instead break the rules to benefit themselves—typically to get richer or more powerful. But they may not have always been that way. Money and power are often tempting to people who are corruptible.

The word is most commonly used to describe officials in the government or other organizations who are prone to getting involved in shady dealings, especially taking bribes.

Corruptible is also frequently used in the context of a person’s morals or values, especially young people considered impressionable. Parents may worry about their kids being corruptible, especially due to media that could have a corrupting influence.

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What are some other forms related to corruptible?

  • incorruptible (adjective)
  • corruptibility (noun)
  • corruptibleness (noun)
  • corruptibly (adverb)
  • corrupt (verb, adjective)

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How is corruptible used in real life?

Corruptible is most commonly used to describe people who can be easily influenced to do the wrong thing, especially officials who can be bribed.



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Is corruptible used correctly in the following sentence?

I know you think that anyone is corruptible for the right price, but I think some people have strong principles.

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British Dictionary definitions for corruptible

/ (kəˈrʌptəbəl) /

susceptible to corruption; capable of being corrupted

Derived forms of corruptible

corruptibility or corruptibleness, nouncorruptibly, adverb
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