[ in-del-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl /


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.

Origin of indelible

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

Related forms

in·del·i·bil·i·ty, in·del·i·ble·ness, nounin·del·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl) /


incapable of being erased or obliterated
making indelible marksindelible ink

Derived Forms

indelibility or indelibleness, nounindelibly, adverb

Word Origin for indelible

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