Definitions

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  • adj. Incapable of being taught, or not easily instructed; dull in intellect; intractable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being taught, or not easily instructed; dull in intellect; intractable; unteachable; indocile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not docible; not capable of being taught or trained, or not easily instructed; intractable; unteachable.

Etymologies

Latin indocibilis. See in- not, and docible. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Studied and described by Dr. Tulp, curator of the gymnasium at Amsterdam; features animal, body covered with hair; lived with sheep and bleated like them; stolid, unconscious of self; did not notice people; fierce, untamable, and indocible; skin thick, sense of touch blunted so that thorns and stones were unnoticed.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • One of the members for the affirmative offered several arguments of great strength and weight, alleging that as the Yahoos were the most filthy, noisome, and deformed animal which nature ever produced, so they were the most restive and indocible, mischievous and malicious: they would privately suck the teats of the Houyhnhnms 'cows, kill and devour their cats, trample down their oats and grass, if they were not continually watched, and commit a thousand other extravagancies.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • There be also other names, called negative; which are notes to signify that a word is not the name of the thing in question; as these words: nothing, no man, infinite, indocible, three want four, and the like; which are nevertheless of use in reckoning, or in correcting of reckoning, and call to mind our past cogitations, though they be not names of anything; because they make us refuse to admit of names not rightly used.

    Leviathan, or, The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill

  • One of the members for the affirmative offered several arguments of great strength and weight, alleging, ‚Äúthat as the Yahoos were the most filthy, noisome, and deformed animals which nature ever produced, so they were the most restive and indocible, mischievous and malicious; they would privately suck the teats of the

    Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

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