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Etymology

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From Middle English incorrigible, from Middle 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.
  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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Noun

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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

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Etymology

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

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  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.kɔ.ʁi.ʒibl/

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incorrigible (plural incorrigibles)

  1. incorrigible
    Antonyms: corrigible, corrigeable
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incorrigible m (plural incorrigibles)

  1. an incorrigible

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Middle English

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Middle French incorrigible, from Latin incorrigibilis.

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  • IPA(key): /inˌkɔriˈdʒiːbəl/, /inˈkɔridʒibəl/

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incorrigible (Late Middle English)

  1. insoluble, unmanageable
  2. irredeemable, not reformable

Descendants

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  • English: incorrigible

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Middle French

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin incorrigibilis.

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incorrigible m or f (plural incorrigibles)

  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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