in·cor·ri·gi·ble (ĭn-kôrĭ-jə-bəl, -kŏr-)
1. Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal.
2. Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults.
3. Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child.
One that cannot be corrected or reformed.
[Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis : in-, not; see IN-1 + corrigere, to correct; see CORRECT.]
in·cor′ri·gi·bili·ty, in·corri·gi·ble·ness n.
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