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She was declared an incorrigible delinquent and sent to reform school.
  unresponsive to correction (even by punishment)
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It isn’t uncommon to use incorrigible in a light-hearted manner — as if someone said with a smile, "You’re an incorrigible gossip. Tell me all about it!"

Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, incorrigible means not corrigible; though incorrigible is much more commonly used than corrigible.
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  • She was declared an incorrigible delinquent and sent to reform school.
  • Incorrigible drunk driver sentenced to life in prison
  • Your children are incorrigible.
  • She’s an incorrigible optimist.

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  • This time it was supposed to be on "An Incorrigible Chatterbox."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Your mother is claiming that your past behavior at her house warranted her to discipline you because you were so incorrigible.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • He’s incorrigible, Eliza.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Who would have imagined that a bawdy, incorrigible hag could be so irreplaceable?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Only incorrigible optimists had still cherished the delusion that Poland’s determined stance would deter Hitler at the last moment.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • ...the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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  • Also, I am not shy about admitting that I am an incorrigible Peeping Tom. I have never passed an unshaded window without looking in, have never closed my ears to a conversation that was none of my business. I can justify or even dignify this by protesting that in my trade I must know about people, but I suspect that I am simply curious.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Summer, fall, winter, spring, another summer, another fall— so much he had given of his active life to the incorrigible lips of Judy Jones.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • In their simplistic assessment, all southern whites were incorrigible racists who loved to eat grits, smell magnolias, and lynch blacks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He remained infectiously, incorrigibly cheerful.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • To the contrary, he enjoyed tipping a glass now and then and was an incorrigible ham.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • As to me—will you never understand that I am incorrigible?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has given her notice, but there, again, I fail to see how you work it out.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "And one which will go far to efface the recollection of his father’s conduct," added the incorrigible marquise.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • By my honor, these Gascons are incorrigible!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Now, Bildad, I am sorry to say, had the reputation of being an incorrigible old hunks, and in his sea-going days, a bitter, hard task-master.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In San Quentin prison he had proved incorrigible.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • On the other hand, he seemed almost amused by his family’s incorrigible folly.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Jacob grinned, incorrigible.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Under this impression, he secretly resolved to cultivate the good opinion of the old gentleman as quickly as possible; and, if he found the Dodger incorrigible, as he more than half suspected he should, to decline the honour of his farther acquaintance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • This beastly, incorrigible truculence comes from your mother, Hera, whom I keep but barely in my power, say what I will.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He’s incorrigibly corrupt.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He had explained to his mother, when she asked him to say grace, that like his father before him he was an incorrigible agnostic and suspected God was a hoax.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Amy being gone, Laurie was her only refuge, and much as she enjoyed his society, she rather dreaded him just then, for he was an incorrigible tease, and she feared he would coax the secret from her.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Fernanda had not counted on that nasty trick of her incorrigible fate.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • In truth, I found myself incorrigible with respect to Order; and now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It’s old women — I bet you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen too many of those around anymore — and Handmaids who’ve screwed up their three chances, and incorrigibles like me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • "You’re incorrigible," said Stremov, not looking at her, and he spoke again to Anna.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • BLOOM: (In workman’s corduroy overalls, black gansy with red floating tie and apache cap) Mankind is incorrigible.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Everybody was full of awe and interest again right away, the incorrigible idiots.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • But McWatt was incorrigible, and, while he never buzzed Yossarian’s tent again, he never missed an opportunity to buzz the beach and roar like a fierce and low-flying thunderbolt over the raft in the water and the secluded hollow in the sand where Yossarian lay feeling up Nurse Duckett or playing hearts, poker or pinochle with Nately, Dunbar and Hungry Joe.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Medora is incorrigibly romantic.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Oh, you insupportable person, you are incorrigible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "What are you thinking of, you incorrigible missionary?" he asked.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Conway was puzzled as to the ultimate basis of law and order; there appeared to be neither soldiers nor police, yet surely some provision must be made for the incorrigible?
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Unlike Hawthorne’s character’s demise, though, Jim’s is also heartbreaking—to the woman who is his de facto wife, to old Stein, the trader who sent him in-country, and to readers, who come to hope for something heroic and uplifting, something suitably romantic, for the incorrigibly romantic Jim.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Those black angularities which his face had used to put on when his wishes were thwarted now did duty in picturing the incorrigible backslider who would insist upon turning again to his wallowing in the mire.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The horse had proved fairly useful as a stakes horse, but he was an incorrigible rogue at the starting gate.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Like Hamlet, he turns from the fair features of the world to search the darkness for a higher kingdom than this of the incest and adultery ridden, luxurious, and incorrigible mother.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • You’re an incorrigible materialist, aren’t you? I don’t think Jean will agree at all.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • You’re incorrigible.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Josiah Bounderby of Coketown learnt his letters from the outsides of the shops, Mrs. Gradgrind, and was first able to tell the time upon a dial-plate, from studying the steeple clock of St. Giles’s Church, London, under the direction of a drunken cripple, who was a convicted thief, and an incorrigible vagrant.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Often, to keep the peace, I must go where life was less lovely; for instance, ’Tildy’s mother was incorrigibly dirty, Reuben’s larder was limited seriously, and herds of untamed insects wandered over the Eddingses’ beds.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • …shrill enough, in the excess of its surprise and humility, to have penetrated to the ears of Mrs. Crupp, then sleeping, I suppose, in a distant chamber, situated at about the level of low-water mark, soothed in her slumbers by the ticking of an incorrigible clock, to which she always referred me when we had any little difference on the score of punctuality, and which was never less than three-quarters of an hour too slow, and had always been put right in the morning by the best…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • but hobbled to her feet again, pulled herself up, and again with her sidelong leer which slipped and turned aside even from her own face, and her own sorrows, stood and gaped in the glass, aimlessly smiling, and began again the old amble and hobble, taking up mats, putting down china, looking sideways in the glass, as if, after all, she had her consolations, as if indeed there twined about her dirge some incorrigible hope.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
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