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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An incurable disease resulting from the body’s impairment in controlling blood sugar levels, diabetes currently affects 8.8% of India’s adult population of 829 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Data show higher diabetes prevalence in meat-loving Indian states," 24 July 2019 In a statement released by the State Council, the government said there had been problems in a wide-range of areas as the country attempted to battle the fast-spreading and currently incurable disease. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Beijing admits 'weaknesses' in handling of African swine fever crisis," 4 July 2019 Please understand, my views reflected a lack of understanding about this incurable disease. Doreen Christensen,, "How a hasty Facebook post became a lesson in understanding diabetes | Doreen Christensen," 5 July 2019 She eventually was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata, an incurable condition that is said to affect nearly 7 million people in the United States. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego-raised actor Jackie Nguyen, ‘Miss Saigon’ has been a major part of her art and life," 30 June 2019 Conway’s charisma lies in his desire to share his incurable lust for learning, to spread the contagion and the romance. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 Gleason, who was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2011, spearheaded the group’s creation through his own Team Gleason Foundation. Michelle Hunter,, "Credit cards stolen from ALS non-profit linked to Steve Gleason foundation: JPSO," 25 June 2019 Eligible patients must be diagnosed with an incurable disease or a condition that causes intolerable, unrelieved suffering. Washington Post, "Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state," 20 June 2019 Trout’s latest book, blends his professional work with another cause dear to his heart: raising awareness of cystic fibrosis, the incurable lung disease borne by his 26-year-old daughter, Emily. Cindy Cantrell,, "Three local authors share their stories," 13 June 2019

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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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