[kyoo r-uh-buh l]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for uncurable

Historical Examples of uncurable

  • It is supposed that she is uncurable by all wise and rational means of persuasion.

  • Where defects are uncurable, the teacher must show how they may be palliated and sometimes even converted into graces.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • Not that he could make her from woman to man, or redeem her from the uncurable propensities her sex had given her.

    On the Seaboard

    August Strindberg

  • How easily may many a disease be cured, if it be taken in time, which afterwards is uncurable!

British Dictionary definitions for uncurable


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



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

uncurable in Medicine


  1. Capable of being cured or healed.
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