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

Definition of incurable

: not curable an incurable disease broadly : not likely to be changed or corrected incurable optimism

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Other Words from incurable

incurable noun
incurably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce incurable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of incurable in a Sentence

an incurable flirt at school dances
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First Known Use of incurable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incurable

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin incurabilis, from Latin in- + curabilis curable

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“Incurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure : not curable
: not likely to be changed


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

Kids Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē \ adverb


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

Medical Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē How to pronounce incurable (audio) \ adverb

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