[ in-kawr-i-juh-buhl, -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.

  1. firmly fixed; not easily changed: an incorrigible habit.

  2. not easily swayed or influenced: an incorrigible optimist.

  1. a person who is incorrigible.

Origin of incorrigible

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

Other words from incorrigible

  • in·cor·ri·gi·bil·i·ty, in·cor·ri·gi·ble·ness, noun
  • in·cor·ri·gi·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incorrigible in a sentence

  • It seemed to him now that at his last visit he had seen in her the symptoms of incorrigibility which were now evident.

    The Awakening | Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
  • It wasn't incorrigibility on my part or severity in a nasty way on hers.

    Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons

British Dictionary definitions for incorrigible


/ (ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒəbəl) /

  1. beyond correction, reform, or alteration

  2. firmly rooted; ineradicable

  1. philosophy (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistaken: Compare defeasible

  1. a person or animal that is incorrigible

Derived forms of incorrigible

  • incorrigibility or incorrigibleness, noun
  • incorrigibly, adverb

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