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curable

[kyoo r-uh-buh l] /ˈkyʊər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being cured.
Origin of curable
1350-1400
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
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  • For there are two classes of souls who undergo punishment—the curable and the incurable.

    Gorgias Plato
  • My system cures all that is curable when intelligently applied.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • "You seem to think that some diseases are curable by faith and some not, Dr. Beswick," she said.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • But through its application ninety-five per cent of cancers are now curable.

    A Prize for Edie Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Vitiligo and lichens are deformities of the skin, but they are curable.

British Dictionary definitions for curable

curable

/ˈkjʊərəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being cured
Derived Forms
curability, curableness, noun
curably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curable
adj.

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

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curable in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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