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incorrigible

[in-kawr-i-juh-buh l, -kor-] /ɪnˈkɔr ɪ dʒə bəl, -ˈkɒr-/
adjective
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.
noun
5.
a person who is incorrigible.
Origin of incorrigible
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin incorrigibilis. See in-3, corrigible
Related forms
incorrigibility, incorrigibleness, noun
incorrigibly, adverb
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  • Eugene, the youngest boy, nine years old, had been in court two months before on the charge of incorrigibility.

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  • I remember an exasperated and frightened mother who took a boy of fourteen into court upon the charge of incorrigibility.

  • M. Benedikt said that prison chaplains agreed with medical men in recognising the incorrigibility of certain criminals.

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

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  • She made a gesture of hopelessness at his incorrigibility, and again attempted to withdraw her hands.

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British Dictionary definitions for incorrigibility

incorrigible

/ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
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 mistaken Compare defeasible
noun
4.
a person or animal that is incorrigible
Derived Forms
incorrigibility, incorrigibleness, noun
incorrigibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incorrigibility
n.

late 15c., from incorrigible + -ity.

incorrigible

adj.

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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