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.

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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.


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.


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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