cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl, ˈkyər-\

Definition of curable 

: capable of being cured a curable illness

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Other Words from curable

curability \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌkyər-​ \ noun
curableness \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs , ˈkyər-​ \ noun
curably \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē , ˈkyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of curable in a Sentence

Most cases are curable with proper treatment.

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Since Alzheimer’s isn’t curable, the medical treatments focus on reducing symptoms and preventing how quickly the condition evolves. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Caregivers Share 11 Tips for Looking After Someone With Alzheimer's," 11 Oct. 2018 Officials estimate there are 65,000 people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Washington, a curable disease. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Inslee: Erase hepatitis C in Washington by 2030," 28 Sep. 2018 By definition, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is not curable. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Myths About Metastatic Breast Cancer," 11 Sep. 2018 Thankfully, STDs are preventable and for the most part, curable. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "6 Girls Get Real About Their STD Horror Stories," 6 Sep. 2018 State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments. Washington Post, "State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C," 9 July 2018 Doctors told the couple that Wilkin’s cancer was treatable, but not curable. Char Adams,, "Mom with Terminal Cancer Plans to Give Family 'a Roadmap' for Her Death: 'It Gives Me Comfort'," 26 June 2018 While my breast cancer isn't curable, treatment has come a long way. Woman's Day, "Why Kathy Townsend Doesn't Let Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis Stop Her From Living," 9 July 2018 Infections and illnesses are curable in most cases, involving combinations of antibiotics taken over a few months. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Johns Hopkins Evacuates Two Lab Buildings After Tuberculosis Scare," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of curable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of curable

: possible to cure


cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of curable

: possible to bring about recovery from : possible to cure a curable disease


cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of curable 

: capable of being cured

Other Words from curable

curability noun plural -ties

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