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indelible

[ in-del-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl /
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adjective
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or washed out: indelible ink.
impossible to eliminate, forget, or change: the indelible memories of war;the indelible influence of a great teacher.
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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, nounin·del·i·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indelible

indelible
/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl) /

adjective
incapable of being erased or obliterated
making indelible marksindelible ink

Derived forms of indelible

indelibility or indelibleness, nounindelibly, adverb

Word Origin for indelible

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