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[in-kyoo r-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈkyʊər ə bəl/
not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected:
an incurable disease.
not susceptible to change:
his incurable pessimism.
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 forms
incurability, incurableness, noun
incurably, adverb
2. unflagging, incorrigible, relentless. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for incurably
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  • It has a pompous Latin name, but it is incurably Gothic and grotesque.

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

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • We are now, it is constantly said, an incurably Puritanic people.

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

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Even down to the meanest of us, we are incurably larger than anything we can do.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Her stepfather was not really younger than his wife but he was incurably boyish.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • We know that she had been deeply and incurably wounded, but the Doctor had no means of knowing it.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • I regret to observe to you that the respectable lady is incurably suspicious.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Deformed or incurably diseased children will be exposed to die.

  • But he was incurably delicate, and by 1553 was obviously falling into consumption.

    A History of England

    Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for incurably


(esp of a disease) not curable; unresponsive to treatment
a person having an incurable disease
Derived Forms
incurability, incurableness, noun
incurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incurably



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

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incurably in Medicine

incurable in·cur·a·ble (ĭn-kyur'ə-bəl)
Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.

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