- 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
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Related Wordsdeadly, fatal, hopeless, inoperable, terminal, impossible, irreparable, serious, cureless, irremediable, immedicable, irrecoverable, remediless, unrecoverable
Examples from the Web for incurable
Mengnan was told it was incurable, but that there was one medicine, Remicade, that might help.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
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The truth is that a horrific, incurable virus is ravaging Guinea—and at least three other countries in West Africa.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
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Women Living with Incurable STDs, argues that women are more often shunned when it comes to an STI.The Silent Shame of HPV
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It is technically “incurable” but incurable in the same way that colds have no cure and sprained ankles have no cure.Suffering From An ‘Incurable Respiratory Disease’ This Winter? Relax. It’s Just RSV.
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Despite being told that her disease was incurable, Carr refused to accept that there was nothing she could do about it.So You Wanna Be Vegan? Start Here.
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"Some restored, who were looked upon as incurable," interrupted Hamish.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Her name was Madame Maze, and her heart was full of an incurable grief.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It takes so little in such moments as these to make wounds which are incurable.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Many of them had been given up as hopelessly "incurable" by others yet I cured them.The Mayflower, January, 1905
It is affected with incurable marasmus, because its foundations are laid in error.The Sexual Question
- (esp of a disease) not curable; unresponsive to treatment
- a person having an incurable disease
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Word Origin and History for incurable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.
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