Incorrigible Definition

ĭn-kôrĭ-jə-bəl, -kŏr-
adjective
Incapable of being corrected or reformed.
An incorrigible criminal.
American Heritage
Not corrigible; that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed, esp. because firmly established, as a habit, or because set in bad habits, as a child.
Webster's New World
Firmly rooted; ineradicable.
Incorrigible faults.
American Heritage
Difficult or impossible to control or manage.
An incorrigible, spoiled child.
American Heritage

Defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.

The construction flaw is incorrigible; any attempt to amend it would cause a complete collapse.
Wiktionary
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noun
One that cannot be corrected or reformed.
American Heritage
An incorrigible person.
Webster's New World
An incorrigibly bad individual.
The incorrigibles in the prison population are either lifers or habitual reoffenders.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Incorrigible

Noun

Singular:
incorrigible
Plural:
incorrigibles

Origin of Incorrigible

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin incorrigibilis in- not in–1 corrigere to correct correct

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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