Definition of incurable in English:

incurable

Syllabification: in·cur·a·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈkyo͝orəbəl
 
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adjective

noun

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  • A person who cannot be cured.
    More example sentences
    • The hospital - which has more than 2,000 fundraisers - was first opened as a cancer pavilion and home for incurables in 1892, but was renamed The Christie Hospital in 1901 in recognition of the pioneering work of both Mr and Mrs Christie.
    • Triage will take one look at me and stick me with the rest of the incurables.
    • Showing little progress and imposing a burden on educators and their resources, the incurables were gradually abandoned in favor of those who showed more promise.

Derivatives

incurability

noun
More example sentences
  • The increased levels of depression and anxiety around recurrence of breast cancer highlight the adverse effect of this event on women's mental health, which signals incurability and possible physical burden.
  • Three years later, hobbling with knee bandages and a mindset of incurability, I was directed by a colleague to a spiritual healer in a back street in Cambridge.
  • All too often, quality of life is neither protected nor supported adequately between the stage of recognized incurability and death.

incurably

adverb
[as submodifier]: incurably ill patients
More example sentences
  • Doubtless he would tell me that I am simply upset about my father being incurably ill, and that as his daughter I am simply expressing displaced anger.
  • However, when it comes to an incurably ill adult who has a voice and a will of his or her own, these human rights are apparently taken away.
  • As a result, evidence of depression is often overlooked in ill or disabled persons who are suicidal, and some incurably ill or disabled persons experience pressure to refuse life-prolonging medical treatment.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin incurabilis, from in- 'not' + curabilis (see curable).

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