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[kyoo r-uh-buh l] /ˈkyʊər ə bəl/
capable of being cured.
Origin of curable
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cūrābilis, equivalent to cūrā(re) to care for (derivative of cūra care) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
curability, curableness, noun
curably, adverb
uncurable, adjective
uncurableness, noun
uncurably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for curability
Historical Examples
  • These ideas of the curability of the disease and of its non-heredity are extremely important and supremely suggestive.

  • The fact that most of us have had the disease, and have recovered, conclusively demonstrates its curability.

  • He was quite willing that she should so see his case; he was easier to live with, no doubt, on this assumption of his curability.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for curability


capable of being cured
Derived Forms
curability, curableness, noun
curably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curability



late 14c., from cure (v.) + -able; or from Old French curable (13c.) and directly from Late Latin curabilis, from Latin curare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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curability in Medicine

curable cur·a·ble (kyur'ə-bəl)
Capable of being cured or healed.

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