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[kyoo r-uh-buh l] /ˈkyʊər ə bəl/
capable of being cured.
Origin of curable
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cūrābilis, equivalent to cūrā(re) to care for (derivative of cūra care) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
curability, curableness, noun
curably, adverb
uncurable, adjective
uncurableness, noun
uncurably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curable
  • There is a wide range of vocal disorders, and many of them are treatable and even curable.
  • Sores, left untreated, led to gangrene-a disease curable only by amputation.
  • Prostate cancer that has spread beyond the fat surrounding the gland is rarely curable.
  • The pathologies of regulation are not rooted in tables of organization or curable by adding new bureaucratic layers.
  • It's curable with antibiotics, but can be fatal if not caught early.
  • The cancer that one of my grandfathers died from is now pretty curable.
  • The disease is curable with prompt treatment of antibiotics before complications set in.
  • There are numerous inequities in the world with millions of people dying every year of curable diseases and hunger.
  • Aggressive lymphomas tend to be more curable than indolent lymphomas.
  • Some doctors are approaching the problem as one that is not necessarily curable and that needs a consistent on-going approach.
British Dictionary definitions for curable


capable of being cured
Derived Forms
curability, curableness, noun
curably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curable

late 14c., from cure (v.) + -able; or from Old French curable (13c.) and directly from Late Latin curabilis, from Latin curare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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curable in Medicine

curable cur·a·ble (kyur'ə-bəl)
Capable of being cured or healed.

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