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


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

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

Related forms

in·cur·a·bil·i·ty, in·cur·a·ble·ness, nounin·cur·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incurably


/ (ɪnˈkjʊərəbəl) /


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


a person having an incurable disease

Derived Forms

incurability or incurableness, nounincurably, adverb
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Medicine definitions for incurably


[ ĭn-kyurə-bəl ]


Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable.
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