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

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And while medications can clear up STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, others, like herpes and HIV, are incurable. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "How to Talk to Your Partner About Getting Tested With Minimal Weirdness," 25 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, many kinds of boxwoods are susceptible to an incurable fungal disease called boxwood blight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 Now, drugs based on immunotherapy, such as Keytruda, Yervoy, Opdivo, and Tecentriq, have prolonged the lives of hundreds of people with cancers that would be otherwise incurable. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Cancer Breakthrough That Just Won the Nobel Prize, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Last year, an incurable disease that devastated Florida groves, along with Hurricane Irma, led to a shortage of oranges from the state. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "More Bad News for the Orange Juice Market," 15 Oct. 2018 Well into the 1950s, addicts were considered hopelessly incurable. Hillel Aron, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Story of This Drug Rehab-Turned-Violent Cult Is Wild, Wild Country-Caliber Bizarre," 23 Apr. 2018 However, Czech pointed out that Asperger did not advocate protecting disabled children who were deemed incurable. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Autism doctor Hans Asperger collaborated with the Nazis, new research shows," 19 Apr. 2018 The disorder is considered incurable and is typically treated with talk therapy and a drug regimen. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 When Ndopu was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), an incurable condition that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. NBC News, "'Black, queer, disabled and brilliant': Activist hopes to make history in space," 26 June 2018

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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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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 incurably (audio) \ adverb

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