[ in-del-uh-buhl ]
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  1. making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or washed out: indelible ink.

  2. impossible to eliminate, forget, or change: the indelible memories of war;the indelible influence of a great teacher.

Origin of indelible

First recorded in 1520–30; from Medieval Latin indēlibilis; replacing indeleble, from Latin indēlēbilis “indestructible”; see in-3, dele, -ble

Other words from indelible

  • in·del·i·bil·i·ty, in·del·i·ble·ness, noun
  • in·del·i·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for indelible


/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl) /

  1. incapable of being erased or obliterated

  2. making indelible marks: indelible ink

Origin of indelible

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

Derived forms of indelible

  • indelibility or indelibleness, noun
  • indelibly, adverb

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