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indestructible

[in-di-struhk-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈstrʌk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
not destructible; that cannot be destroyed.
Origin of indestructible
1665-1675
From the Late Latin word indēstrūctibilis, dating back to 1665-75. See in-3, destructible
Related forms
indestructibility, indestructibleness, noun
indestructibly, adverb
Synonyms
unbreakable, permanent, enduring.
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  • Life seems the strongest and most indestructible thing in the world.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • Seeing then that the immortal is indestructible, must not the soul, if she is immortal, be also imperishable?

    Phaedo Plato
  • Familiarity may temper, but inborn human superstition is indestructible.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • They appeared to him rational and indestructible at that moment.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • But you have at your service the everlasting charm of life; you are a part of the indestructible.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for indestructible

indestructible

/ˌɪndɪˈstrʌktəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being destroyed; very durable
Derived Forms
indestructibility, indestructibleness, noun
indestructibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indestructible
adj.

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

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