incurable

adjective
in·​cur·​able | \(ˌ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of incurable in a Sentence

an incurable flirt at school dances

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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 Pete Canfield, of Spokane, Washington, has an incurable lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fox News, "Duped patients crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says," 8 May 2018 Pete Canfield, of Spokane, Washington, has an incurable lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lindsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Study: Duped patients crowdfund for misleading stem-cell treatments," 8 May 2018 Chevy has gastroparesis -- an incurable condition that affects his digestive system. Anna Beahm, AL.com, "Boy collecting lip balm for kids at Children's Hospital," 2 May 2018 The 23-month-old boy has an incurable degenerative neurological condition, and doctors say that further treatment is futile, and that he should be allowed to die. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "Alfie Evans’ parents to meet doctors in bid to take him home," 27 Apr. 2018 Buy Photo Around the time that funding was drying up for her antiviolence center, Maria Kefalas began raising money to support research for the rare and incurable disease afflicting her youngest daughter. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Right now we're dealing with the rarest form of the gun-violence disease | Helen Ubiñas," 27 Mar. 2018 Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the incurable disease robs patients of voluntary movements such as walking and talking. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "ALS activist who gained notoriety for quizzing Sen. Flake sues insurer," 2 July 2018 More than 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with emphysema, a progressive, incurable disease usually caused by smoking. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Emphysema patients get new option as FDA approves lung valves studied at Temple," 29 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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incurable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure : not curable

: not likely to be changed

incurable

adjective
in·​cur·​able | \in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē \ adverb

incurable

adjective
in·​cur·​able | \(ˈ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of incurable 

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē \ adverb

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