from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal.
- adj. Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults.
- adj. Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child.
- n. One that cannot be corrected or reformed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
- adj. incurably depraved; not reformable.
- adj. impervious to correction by punishment or pain.
- adj. unmanageable.
- adj. determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
- adj. incurable.
- n. An incorrigibly bad individual
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable.
- n. One who is incorrigible; a person whose persistent bad behavior cannot be changed; especially, a hardened criminal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of being corrected or amended.
- Bad beyond correction or reform; irreclaimable: as, an incorrigible sinner or drunkard.
- Synonyms Incurable, hopeless, irrecoverable, irreclaimable; graceless, shameless, hardened.
- n. One who is incapable of amendment or reform.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. impervious to correction by punishment
Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + corrigere, to correct; see correct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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". (Wiktionary)