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[in-kyoo r-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈkyʊər ə bəl/
not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected:
an incurable disease.
not susceptible to change:
his incurable pessimism.
a person suffering from an incurable disease.
Origin of incurable
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin incūrābilis. See in-3, curable
Related forms
incurability, incurableness, noun
incurably, adverb
2. unflagging, incorrigible, relentless. Unabridged
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  • Someday they may be used to regrow organs and treat now-incurable diseases.
  • Literature and taste, indeed, still disguised with a flush of hectic loveliness and brilliancy the ravages of an incurable decay.
  • One, it might accelerate the search for treatments for the incurable disease that ran in their family.
  • Its research goals are ambitious: slow the progression, delay the onset and ultimately prevent the now-incurable disease.
  • The key parameter presented in the scientific community is that migraines are an incurable, genetic neurological disease.
  • Capital punishment is, in a way, a species of killing the incurable.
  • Such studies have served to warn people with the incurable disorder.
  • Borrelia is a devastating lifelong obviously incurable infection.
  • For a long time, tuberculosis was a gruesome and incurable disease.
  • Psychiatrists consider these patients to be almost incurable.
British Dictionary definitions for incurable


(esp of a disease) not curable; unresponsive to treatment
a person having an incurable disease
Derived Forms
incurability, incurableness, noun
incurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incurable

mid-14c., from Old French incurable (13c.), from Late Latin incurabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + curabilis "curable" (see curable). Related: Incurably.

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incurable in Medicine

incurable in·cur·a·ble (ĭn-kyur'ə-bəl)
Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.

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