[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 curable

Contemporary Examples of curable

Historical Examples of curable

  • For there are two classes of souls who undergo punishment—the curable and the incurable.



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

  • "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



capable of being cured
Derived Formscurability or curableness, nouncurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curable

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

curable in Medicine




Capable of being cured or healed.
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