One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Capable of being corrected, rectified, or reformed.
curable, treatable, medicable, operableView synonyms
- ‘It is always corrigible, subject to perpetual modification.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We can find support for structuralism within mathematics, even if the support is corrigible.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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