curable

[ kyoor-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈkyʊər ə bəl /

adjective

capable of being cured.

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Origin of curable

1350–1400; Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin cūrābilis, equivalent to cūrā(re) to care for (derivative of cūra care) + -bilis-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM curable

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Example sentences from the Web for curable

  • 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!

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

British Dictionary definitions for curable

curable
/ (ˈkjʊərəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being cured

Derived forms of curable

curability or curableness, nouncurably, adverb
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Medical definitions for curable

curable
[ kyurə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of being cured or healed.
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