incurable

[ in-kyoor-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈkyʊər ə bəl /

adjective

not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected: an incurable disease.
not susceptible to change: his incurable pessimism.

noun

a person suffering from an incurable disease.

Nearby words

  1. incumbrance,
  2. incunable,
  3. incunabula,
  4. incunabulum,
  5. incur,
  6. incurious,
  7. incurrence,
  8. incurrent,
  9. incursion,
  10. incursive

Origin of incurable

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

Related formsin·cur·a·bil·i·ty, in·cur·a·ble·ness, nounin·cur·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for incurable

incurable

/ (ɪnˈkjʊərəbəl) /

adjective

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

noun

a person having an incurable disease
Derived Formsincurability or incurableness, nounincurably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for incurable

incurable

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French incurable (13c.), from Late Latin incurabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + curabilis "curable" (see curable). Related: Incurably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for incurable

incurable

[ ĭn-kyurə-bəl ]

adj.

Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.

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