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

Examples of incurable in a Sentence

an incurable flirt at school dances
Recent Examples on the Web One Dutch survey, for example, found that even in cases of incurable pediatric cancer, nearly two-thirds of parents hadn’t discussed death with their children. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Best Way to Parent in a Crisis Is to Tell the Truth," 23 June 2020 But the prospect of both incurable diseases racing through black neighborhoods is causing some black activists and health officials to shudder. John Blake, CNN, "Black Americans are being hammered by a double pandemic," 12 Apr. 2020 An incurable disease with little to no research behind it wasn’t the sort of thing that was supposed to happen to us. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "I’m the mother of a toddler. This is why I no longer live in fear.," 10 Apr. 2020 Smith's mother, Lee, was diagnosed in 2012 with the incurable, neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 30,000 Americans. Dave Clark,, "Former Amelia star Joe Smith and wife Allie LaForce deliver meals to frontline workers," 29 Apr. 2020 Of course, most people diagnosed with serious, incurable illnesses do succumb to them, and Rediger is aware that his ideas may be perceived as victim-blaming. Mary Hadar, Washington Post, "‘Miracle’ cures that hold lessons for Western medicine," 6 Mar. 2020 And yet every once in a while, a patient told an incurable illness will kill her spontaneously recovers. Daniel J. Levitin, WSJ, "‘Cured’ Review: Miracles Versus Medicine," 6 Mar. 2020 Under federal guidelines, prisoners who receive a diagnosis of an incurable illness that is expected to kill them in 18 months or less can be eligible for early release. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Bernie Madoff Says He’s Dying and Seeks Early Prison Release," 5 Feb. 2020 But probably to block the spread of an incurable, highly contagious and deadly pathogen. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump claims ‘total’ authority during pandemic but even states don’t have that," 14 Apr. 2020

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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