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From Old French incorrigible (1334), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis ‎(not to be corrected), from in- ‎(not) + corrigere ‎(to correct) + -ibilis ‎(-able). Recorded since 1340.



incorrigible ‎(not comparable)

  1. Defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
    The construction flaw is incorrigible; any attempt to amend it would cause a complete collapse.
  2. Incurably depraved; not reformable.
    His dark soul was too incorrigible to repent, even at his execution.
  3. Impervious to correction by punishment or pain.
    The imp is incorrigible: his bottom is still red from his last spanking when he plans the next prank.
  4. Unmanageable.
    • 2006 December 7, Michael White, “Breaking up is hard to do, even at the Treasury”, in The Guardian[1], London:
      Gordon Brown may have his grumpy, Granita moments, but as a strategist he is an incorrigible optimist.
  5. Determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
    The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.
  6. (archaic) Incurable.
    • 1859, The British Journal of Psychiatry, volume 6, page 312:
      It may appear as an epidemic, as a hereditary complaint, or as an obstinate and incorrigible disease again and again recurring.


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incorrigible ‎(plural incorrigibles)

  1. An incorrigibly bad individual.
    The incorrigibles in the prison population are either lifers or habitual reoffenders.




Recorded since 1334, from Old French incorrigible (1334), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis ‎(not to be corrected), from in- "not" + corrigere "to correct" + -ibilis "-able".


incorrigible m, f ‎(plural incorrigibles)

  1. incorrigible


incorrigible m ‎(plural incorrigibles)

  1. An incorrigible

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incorrigible m ‎(oblique and nominative feminine singular incorrigible)

  1. unpunished
    • Pource que nous ne vouloiens mie que telz fais demourast incorrigibles []
      Because we don't want such deeds to go unpunished