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Is there a word or phrase that neans someone who doesn't learn from his mistakes or makes the same mistakes again?

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can be a noun or adjective or anything that implies the meaning. –  vickyace Apr 20 '14 at 11:12
    
Related. –  tchrist Jun 7 '14 at 20:47

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In the criminal justice world, they are known as repeat offenders. There is no reason that phrase could not be utilized (a bit poetically) to other spheres.

A similar term is recidivist

Denoting a person who repeatedly reoffends

A common quote, often misattributed to Einstein, is

Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.

It likely was first used in publications by Narcotics Anonymous.

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All people make mistakes. Most people make mistakes repeatedly. Some people make the same mistake very frequently before they learn. I would call them slow learners.

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"I would call them slow learners." So would Thomas Pynchon. (-: –  Jim Mack Apr 20 '14 at 17:08
    
.............explain the reference............. –  Gary's Student Apr 20 '14 at 17:38
    
pynchon.pomona.edu/slowlearner –  Jim Mack Apr 20 '14 at 19:33
    
................... Thanks! ............ –  Gary's Student Apr 20 '14 at 20:28

fool - someone who knows better but doesn't do better

stupid - someone slow to learn a better way of doing something

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Welcome to ELU, @chicgeekmama! Your word choices are actually good, but your answer would be better if you added some references and links to support your choice. Take a look around at some of the best answers, and follow their example. –  ScotM Jun 20 at 0:05

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