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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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Examples from the Web for uncurable
Historical Examples
  • It is supposed that she is uncurable by all wise and rational means of persuasion.

  • Where defects are uncurable, the teacher must show how they may be palliated and sometimes even converted into graces.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • Not that he could make her from woman to man, or redeem her from the uncurable propensities her sex had given her.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
  • How easily may many a disease be cured, if it be taken in time, which afterwards is uncurable!

British Dictionary definitions for uncurable

curable

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

curable

adj.

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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uncurable 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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