indelible

[ in-del-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl /
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adjective

making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink.
that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.

Nearby words

  1. indefinite relative pronoun,
  2. indefinitely,
  3. indehiscence,
  4. indehiscent,
  5. indeliberate,
  6. indelicacy,
  7. indelicate,
  8. indemnification,
  9. indemnify,
  10. indemnitee

Origin of indelible

1520–30; < Medieval Latin indēlibilis; replacing indeleble < Latin indēlēbilis indestructible. See in-3, dele, -ble

Related formsin·del·i·bil·i·ty, in·del·i·ble·ness, nounin·del·i·bly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for indelibility

  • As to the causes and indelibility of the criminal expression there is much divergence of opinion.

    The Criminal|Havelock Ellis


British Dictionary definitions for indelibility

indelible

/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being erased or obliterated
making indelible marksindelible ink
Derived Formsindelibility or indelibleness, nounindelibly, adverb

Word Origin for indelible

C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in- 1 + delēre to destroy

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Word Origin and History for indelibility

indelible

adj.

1520s, from Latin indelebilis "indelible, imperishable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + delebilis "able to be destroyed," from delere "destroy, blot out" (see delete). Vowel change from -e- to -i- in English is late 17c. Related: Indelibly.

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