Origin of incorrigibleMiddle English incorygibile from Old French from Late Latin incorrigibilis
An example of incorrigible is a child who is always getting into trouble.
- Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal.
- Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults.
- Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child.
Origin of incorrigibleMiddle English from Latin incorrigibilis in- not ; see in- 1. corrigere to correct ; see correct .
- in·cor′ri·gi·bil′i·ty in·cor′ri·gi·ble·ness
- defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
- The construction flaw is incorrigible; any attempt to amend it would cause a complete collapse.
- incurably depraved; not reformable.
- His dark soul was too incorrigible to repent, even at his execution.
- 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.
- determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
- The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.
- (archaic) incurable.
- An incorrigibly bad individual
- The incorrigibles in the prison population are either lifers or habitual reoffenders
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".
- Bureaus love to report that customers become "belligerent" or are "incorrigible," labels that can demean your status and weaken your power base when trying to fix your credit report.
- She gave him a "you're-incorrigible" look as she switched out the light.
- Then her teacher calls her an incorrigible little sermonizer, and she laughs at herself.
- Incorrigible offenders on these matters were " left " to the secular power, to be corrected with due " animadversion."
- From the city is the Boyville Home (maintained in connexion with the juvenile court) for "incorrigible" boys.