incorrigible

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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.

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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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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".

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incorrigible m, f ‎(plural incorrigibles)

  1. incorrigible

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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

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