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Definitions for incurable
ɪnˈkyʊər ə bəlin·cur·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incurableadjective

    a person whose disease is incurable

  2. incurableadjective

    incapable of being cured

    "an incurable disease"; "an incurable addiction to smoking"

  3. incurableadjective

    unalterable in disposition or habits

    "an incurable optimist"


  1. incurablenoun

    One who cannot be cured.

  2. incurableadjective

    Of an illness, condition, etc, that cannot be cured; healless.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Incurableadjective

    Not admitting remedy; not to be removed by medicine; irremediable; hopeless.

    Etymology: incurable, Fr. in and curable.

    Pause not; for the present time's so sick,
    That present medicine must be ministred,
    Or overthrow incurable ensues. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Stop the rage betime,
    Before the wound do grow incurable;
    For being green, there is great hope of help. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    A schirrus is not absolutely incurable, because it has been known that fresh pasture has cured it in cattle. Arbuthnot.

    If idiots and lunaticks cannot be found, incurables may be taken into the hospital. Jonathan Swift.


  1. incurable

    A cure is a substance or procedure that ends a medical condition, such as a medication, a surgical operation, a change in lifestyle or even a philosophical mindset that helps end a person's sufferings; or the state of being healed, or cured. The medical condition could be a disease, mental illness, genetic disorder, or simply a condition a person considers socially undesirable, such as baldness or lack of breast tissue. An incurable disease may or may not be a terminal illness; conversely, a curable illness can still result in the patient's death. The proportion of people with a disease that are cured by a given treatment, called the cure fraction or cure rate, is determined by comparing disease-free survival of treated people against a matched control group that never had the disease.Another way of determining the cure fraction and/or "cure time" is by measuring when the hazard rate in a diseased group of individuals returns to the hazard rate measured in the general population.Inherent in the idea of a cure is the permanent end to the specific instance of the disease. When a person has the common cold, and then recovers from it, the person is said to be cured, even though the person might someday catch another cold. Conversely, a person that has successfully managed a disease, such as diabetes mellitus, so that it produces no undesirable symptoms for the moment, but without actually permanently ending it, is not cured. Related concepts, whose meaning can differ, include response, remission and recovery.


  1. incurable

    Incurable refers to something, specifically a disease or condition, that is impossible to treat, alleviate, or completely cure using current medical treatments or methods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incurableadjective

    not capable of being cured; beyond the power of skill or medicine to remedy; as, an incurable disease

  2. Incurableadjective

    not admitting or capable of remedy or correction; irremediable; remediless; as, incurable evils

  3. Incurablenoun

    a person diseased beyond cure

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incurable

    in-kūr′a-bl, adj. not admitting of cure or correction.—n. one beyond cure.—ns. Incur′ableness, Incurabil′ity.—adv. Incur′ably.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incurable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incurable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of incurable in a Sentence

  1. Bernard Baruch:

    There are no such things as incurable s. There are only things for which man has not found a cure.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Writing is an incurable psychological disease which only gets worse with writing.

  3. Masatane Muto:

    ALS is thought to be an incurable disease, but I believe hope is now growing for ALS patients to pursue their lifestyle and quality of life with the help of technology.

  4. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Forget not about an existing incurable enemy.

  5. Robert Collier:

    You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.

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