[ in-kyoor-uh-buhl ]
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  1. not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected: an incurable disease.

  2. not susceptible to change: his incurable pessimism.

  1. a person with an incurable disease.

Origin of incurable

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Late Latin incūrābilis; see in-3, curable

Other words for incurable

Other words from incurable

  • in·cur·a·bil·i·ty [in-kyoor-uh-bil-i-tee], /ɪnˌkyʊər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, in·cur·a·ble·ness, noun
  • in·cur·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby incurable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incurable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incurable


/ (ɪnˈkjʊərəbəl) /

  1. (esp of a disease) not curable; unresponsive to treatment

  1. a person having an incurable disease

Derived forms of incurable

  • incurability or incurableness, noun
  • incurably, adverb

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