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.


  1. a person who is incorrigible.


  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 mistakenCompare defeasible


  1. a person or animal that is incorrigible

late 15c., from incorrigible + -ity.


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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