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[in-di-struhk-tuh-buh l]
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  1. not destructible; that cannot be destroyed.
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Origin of indestructible

From the Late Latin word indēstrūctibilis, dating back to 1665–75. See in-3, destructible
Related formsin·de·struct·i·bil·i·ty, in·de·struct·i·ble·ness, nounin·de·struct·i·bly, adverb


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unbreakable, permanent, enduring.
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Examples from the Web for indestructibility

Historical Examples

  • The first quality of both he affirms to be indestructibility.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall

  • He believed in the transmigration of souls, and the indestructibility of matter.


    Marcus Aurelius

  • His creed had always been the unchangeableness, the indestructibility of Jinny.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • The scientists had shown the indestructibility of matter and force.

  • The discovery of the law of the indestructibility of matter has proved this beyond a doubt.

    Ghosts I Have Seen

    Violet Tweedale

British Dictionary definitions for indestructibility


  1. incapable of being destroyed; very durable
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Derived Formsindestructibility or indestructibleness, nounindestructibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indestructibility


1670s, see indestructible + -ity.

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

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