[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. incorporeity,
  2. incorr.,
  3. incorrect,
  4. incorrectly,
  5. incorrigibility,
  6. incorrupt,
  7. incorruptibility,
  8. incorruptible,
  9. incorruption,
  10. incoterms

Origin of incorrigible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word incorrigibilis. See in-3, corrigible

Related formsin·cor·ri·gi·bil·i·ty, in·cor·ri·gi·ble·ness, nounin·cor·ri·gi·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incorrigibility


/ (ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒəbəl) /


beyond correction, reform, or alteration
firmly rooted; ineradicable
philosophy (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistakenCompare defeasible


a person or animal that is incorrigible
Derived Formsincorrigibility or incorrigibleness, nounincorrigibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for incorrigibility
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