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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Uncurabil(l, -abell, -able, adj. [ME and e.m.E. vncurabil (Rolle), vncurable (Wyclif).]

1. Incurable: a. Of a disease. b. Of a person. = Incurabill adj.a. 14.. Acts I *91/2.
Giff ony of our brether of the gilde in his eyld fall crukyt or pure or in ane vncurabill seyknes … he salbe releyffyt
1456 Hay II 126/37.
It salbe … in grete aunter na he sall fall in malady uncurable
1533 Bell. Livy II 148/35.
To caus him fal in ane vncouth and more vncurabil infirmite than afore
b. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 9926.
I haue ane freind the quhilk lyis seik and thrall Vncurabill, quhilk onlie I suspect As is lipper

2. transf. Without remedy, insoluble. 1584–5 Hamilton P. II 637.
To fall in ane … uncurabell extremytie either be yealding to his … desyre [etc.]

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