One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Capable of being corrected, rectified, or reformed.
curable, treatable, medicable, operableView synonyms
- ‘The reasoning of the founders of the UN was that the League had failed on account of flaws in its constitution which were identifiable and corrigible.’
- ‘This means that knowledge is not only fallible but is also corrigible - it can be corrected by the same sorts of operations as discover errors.’
- ‘In fact, he used his supposed elephantine hide to conceal a gentleness and a forbearance that allowed corrigible error and a toughness that demanded quality at all times from the scientists he corrected.’
- ‘In all such cases, I will argue, political discrimination can be understood in terms of certain corrigible cognitive errors that characterize prereflective xenophobia.’
- ‘We can find support for structuralism within mathematics, even if the support is corrigible.’
- ‘Like a person or agent, it had to be corrigible: it had to be possible to deal with the ‘house-builder’ as one deals with oneself, for otherwise there would be no possibility of liberation.’
- ‘It is always corrigible, subject to perpetual modification.’
- ‘But then all claims to knowledge about the physical world are corrigible, and we must reach provisional conclusions about them on the evidence available to us.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘liable to or deserving punishment’): via French from medieval Latin corrigibilis, from Latin corrigere ‘to correct’.
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