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1. Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable: an incurable disease.
2. Incapable of being altered, as in disposition or habits: an incurable optimist; an incurable smoker.

in·cur′a·bil′i·ty n.
in·cur′a·ble n.
in·cur′a·bly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incurability - incapability of being cured or healed
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
curability, curableness - capability of being cured or healed
2.incurability - incapability of being altered in disposition or habits; "the incurability of his optimism"
unalterability - the quality of not being alterable
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