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[in-kawr-i-juh-buh l, -kor-]
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  1. not corrigible; bad beyond correction or reform: incorrigible behavior; an incorrigible liar.
  2. impervious to constraints or punishment; willful; unruly; uncontrollable: an incorrigible child; incorrigible hair.
  3. firmly fixed; not easily changed: an incorrigible habit.
  4. not easily swayed or influenced: an incorrigible optimist.
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  1. a person who is incorrigible.
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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
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  1. beyond correction, reform, or alteration
  2. firmly rooted; ineradicable
  3. philosophy (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistakenCompare defeasible
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  1. a person or animal that is incorrigible
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Derived Formsincorrigibility or incorrigibleness, nounincorrigibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incorrigibility


late 15c., from incorrigible + -ity.

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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.

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