[kyoo r-uh-buh l]


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 formscur·a·bil·i·ty, cur·a·ble·ness, nouncur·a·bly, adverbun·cur·a·ble, adjectiveun·cur·a·ble·ness, nounun·cur·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for curability

Historical Examples of curability

  • 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 Formscurability or curableness, nouncurably, 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

Medicine definitions for curability




Capable of being cured or healed.
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