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[in-di-struhk-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈstrʌk tə bəl/
not destructible; that cannot be destroyed.
Origin of indestructible
1665-75; < Late Latin indēstrūctibilis. See in-3, destructible
Related forms
indestructibility, indestructibleness, noun
indestructibly, adverb
unbreakable, permanent, enduring. Unabridged
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  • His faith in the Union's indestructibility may be said to spring out of his undying continual love for his fellowman.

  • He believed in the transmigration of souls, and the indestructibility of matter.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • In this sentence, then, Thomas of Aquin was proclaiming the doctrine of the indestructibility of matter.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • The scientists had shown the indestructibility of matter and force.

  • If we apply this idea to matter we get what in modern times is called the doctrine of the "indestructibility of matter."

  • The discovery of the law of the indestructibility of matter has proved this beyond a doubt.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • But the quality exists, no matter how you account for it—a certain toughness of moral fibre, an indestructibility of purpose.

    21 Frank Crane
  • This law asserts the uncreateability and the indestructibility of matter and of energy.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • There are many curious accounts proving the indestructibility of the human hair.

  • Aquinas and the indestructibility of matter and the conservation of energy.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for indestructibility


incapable of being destroyed; very durable
Derived Forms
indestructibility, indestructibleness, noun
indestructibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indestructibility

1670s, see indestructible + -ity.



early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + destructible. Related: Indestructibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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