indelible

[in-del-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink.
2.
that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.

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

indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
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indelible (ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl)
 
adj
1.  incapable of being erased or obliterated
2.  making indelible marks: indelible ink
 
[C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in-1+ delēre to destroy]
 
indeli'bility
 
n
 
in'delibleness
 
n
 
in'delibly
 
adv

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indelible
1529, from L. indelebilis "indelible, imperishable," from in- "not" + delebilis "able to be destroyed," from delere "destroy, blot out" (see delete).
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Example sentences
Of course southern blacks and whites had intricately and indelibly marked each
  other in centuries of living together.
Those strong contrasts, his trademark, seem to have fixed themselves indelibly
  in my memory.
Fliers were microcosms that speak indelibly about the economics of the
  underground.
After all, it's a country that in many people's minds is still indelibly linked
  to war.
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