incurable

adjective

in·​cur·​able (ˌ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio)
: not curable
an incurable disease
broadly : not likely to be changed or corrected
incurable optimism
incurable noun
incurably adverb

Example Sentences

an incurable flirt at school dances
Recent Examples on the Web Since childhood, the chart-topping singer/songwriter has battled sickle cell anemia, a crippling, incurable disease that attacks the autoimmune system due to flawed hemoglobin cells. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 In the face of mostly incurable diseases like farcy, healers might need to call on the supernatural. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022 Adam Rubinberg is hiking the circa 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, a daunting undertaking for most people, while managing two currently incurable diseases. Elena Ferrarin, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Specific polling on medical aid in dying is limited, but a 2020 Gallup poll has found broad support for patients with incurable diseases to have access to end-of-life care options. Ginger Fairchild, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 Spain is one of four European countries that allow patients with incurable diseases or chronic pain to be euthanized, along with Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Her condition was rediagnosed in 2019 as also having progressive supranuclear palsy, an incurable degenerative disease. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 After all, the chronic autoimmune condition is incurable. Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 16 Sep. 2022 Opponents argue the act could rob them of precious time with infants that are born with incurable medical issues if doctors are forced to try and treat them. Amy Beth Hanson, ajc, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incurable was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Incurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incurable. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

incurable

adjective

in·​cur·​able (ˈ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio)
: not capable of being cured
incurably adverb

Medical Definition

incurable

adjective

in·​cur·​able (ˈ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio)
: impossible to cure
an incurable disease
incurably adverb

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