cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˈkyər- \

Definition of curable

: capable of being cured a curable illness

Other Words from curable

curability \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ noun
curableness \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ noun
curably \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of curable in a Sentence

Most cases are curable with proper treatment.
Recent Examples on the Web Conditions like trichotillomania may not be curable. ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 These days, leprosy is curable but continues to affect tens of thousands each year. Kathleen M. Wong, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 Research has found that thanks to scientific advances, the survival of people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer has dramatically improved, despite this form of cancer not typically being curable. Serena Coady, SELF, 2 Mar. 2022 Her grandmother's death inspired her to become an advocate, spreading the word about the dangers of breast cancer and that lifesaving screenings can catch it at an earlier, more curable stage. Maggie O'neill,, 19 Oct. 2021 In the simplest terms, the key symptoms of burnout boil down to exhaustion in the form of a deep kind of fatigue that isn’t curable by resting. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 Multiple myeloma patients can live for many years with treatment, but it's not considered curable. Jen Christensen, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 According to his spokesperson, Powell was fully vaccinated and was being treated for myeloma, which is not curable. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 19 Oct. 2021 The news this week that the first-ever malaria vaccine has been endorsed by the World Health Organization is a welcome milestone in the battle against the pernicious disease that is curable but still kills more than half a million people every year. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of curable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) \

Kids Definition of curable

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


cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) \

Medical Definition of curable

: capable of being cured

Other Words from curable

curability noun, plural curabilities

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