Is there a word or phrase that means someone who doesn't learn from his mistakes or makes the same mistakes again? It can be a noun or adjective or anything that implies the meaning.

  • 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
  • I'd just fix this if I had enough rep, and I don't want to bother the review queue with a single-character edit: 'neans'. – DCShannon Oct 26 '15 at 16:29

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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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 '15 at 0:05

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