incorruptible

[ in-kuh-ruhp-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪn kəˈrʌp tə bəl /

adjective

not corruptible: incorruptible integrity.
that cannot be perverted or bribed: incorruptible by money.
that will not dissolve, disintegrate, decay, etc.: an incorruptible metal.

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Origin of incorruptible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word incorruptibilis.See in-3, corruptible

OTHER WORDS FROM incorruptible

in·cor·rupt·i·bil·i·ty, in·cor·rupt·i·ble·ness, nounin·cor·rupt·i·bly, adverb
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What does incorruptible mean?

Incorruptible is an adjective most commonly used to describe someone or an institution that cannot be caused to be dishonest or act immorally.

It is the opposite of corruptible, which is used to describe those who can be corrupted, often easily.

The verb corrupt 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.

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. Someone who’s incorruptible is honest and unbribable.

Example: Bribes and kickbacks are their normal way of doing business, so they try to push out anyone who’s incorruptible.

Where does incorruptible come from?

The first records of the word incorruptible come from the 1300s. Its base word, corrupt, ultimately derives from the Latin verb corrumpere, meaning “to ruin” (or literally “to break to pieces”), from the verb rumpere, “to break.” The prefix in- is used to mean “not” and the suffix -ible is a variant of -able, making incorruptible literally mean “not 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. But people who are incorruptible are not tempted by such things. U.S. lawman Eliot Ness famously recruited a group of incorruptible crimefighters to bring down gangster Al Capone during the Prohibition era. Ness was said to have turned down bribes from gangsters who wanted him to ignore their illegal activities, and his squad was nicknamed “The Untouchables” for being unbribable.

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What are some other forms related to incorruptible?

  • corruptible (adjective)
  • incorruptibility (noun)
  • incorruptibleness (noun)
  • incorruptibly (adverb)

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How is incorruptible used in real life?

Incorruptible is most commonly used to describe people who can resist being influenced to do the wrong thing, especially officials who cannot be bribed.

 

 

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Is incorruptible used correctly in the following sentence?

I know you think that anyone can be bought for the right price, but I think some people are incorruptible.

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British Dictionary definitions for incorruptible

incorruptible
/ (ˌɪnkəˈrʌptəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being corrupted; honest; just
not subject to decay or decomposition

Derived forms of incorruptible

incorruptibility or incorruptibleness, nounincorruptibly, adverb
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