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incurable

[in-kyoo r-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected: an incurable disease.
  2. not susceptible to change: his incurable pessimism.
noun
  1. a person suffering from an incurable disease.

Origin of incurable

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word incūrābilis. See in-3, curable
Related formsin·cur·a·bil·i·ty, in·cur·a·ble·ness, nounin·cur·a·bly, adverb

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2. unflagging, incorrigible, relentless.
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Examples from the Web for incurably

Historical Examples

  • It has a pompous Latin name, but it is incurably Gothic and grotesque.

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  • It is, but I could not get off; Cashel is incurably lazy, and I never know how to say 'no.'

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  • We are now, it is constantly said, an incurably Puritanic people.

  • They are so incurably prolific; and so was he, poor dear boy!

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    George Du Maurier

  • Even down to the meanest of us, we are incurably larger than anything we can do.

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British Dictionary definitions for incurably

incurable

adjective
  1. (esp of a disease) not curable; unresponsive to treatment
noun
  1. a person having an incurable disease
Derived Formsincurability or incurableness, nounincurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incurably

incurable

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French incurable (13c.), from Late Latin incurabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + curabilis "curable" (see curable). Related: Incurably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

incurably in Medicine

incurable

(ĭn-kyurə-bəl)
adj.
  1. Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.
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