incorrigible ADJECTIVE not able to be corrected or reformed.
DERIVATIVES incorrigibility noun incorrigibly adverb.
ORIGIN Latin incorrigibilis, from in- 'not' + corrigibilis 'correctable' .

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  • incorrigible — Incorrigible …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • incorrigible — [ ɛ̃kɔriʒibl ] adj. • 1334; bas lat. incorrigibilis ♦ Qui ne peut être corrigé. 1 ♦ (Personnes) Qui persévère dans ses défauts, ses erreurs. ⇒ entêté, impénitent, indécrottable. Un enfant incorrigible. « les hommes sont incorrigibles et ils ne… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Incorrigible — In*cor ri*gi*ble, a. [L. incorrigibilis: cf. F. incorrigible. See {In } not, and {Corrigible}.] Not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable; as, incorrigible error. Incorrigible fools. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incorrigible — I adjective beyond help, beyond reform, chronic, cureless, hardened, hopeless, impenitent, incapable of correction, incurable, intractable, intransigent, inveterate, irreclaimable, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irreformable, irremediable,… …   Law dictionary

  • Incorrigible — In*cor ri*gi*ble, n. One who is incorrigible; a person whose persistent bad behavior cannot be changed; especially, a hardened criminal; as, the perpetual imprisonment of incorrigibles; incorrigible and disruptive children need to be placed in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incorrigible — Incorrigible. adj. de tout genre. Qui ne se peut corriger. Un esprit incorrigible. un enfant incorrigible. les defauts de la nature sont incorrigibles …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • incorrigible — (adj.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. incorrigible (mid 14c.), or directly from L. incorrigibilis not to be corrected, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + corrigibilis, from corrigere to correct (see CORRECT (Cf. correct)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • incorrigible — [in kôr′ə jə bəl, inkär′ə jə bəl] adj. [ME incorygibile < OFr < LL incorrigibilis] 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 n. an… …   English World dictionary

  • incorrigible — [adj] bad, hopeless abandoned, beastly, hardened, incurable, intractable, inveterate, irredeemable, irreparable, loser, recidivous, uncorrectable, unreformed, useless, wicked; concept 570 Ant. good, manageable, nice, obedient, reformable …   New thesaurus

  • incorrigible — incorrigibility, incorrigibleness, n. incorrigibly, adv. /in kawr i jeuh beuhl, kor /, adj. 1. not corrigible; bad beyond correction or reform: incorrigible behavior; an incorrigible liar. 2. impervious to constraints or punishment; willful;… …   Universalium

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