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[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
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • He had no chance, and one time, in enforced retirement from the world, he indelibly inscribed the legend on his forearm.

  • The face of Esther Randolph is indelibly painted on his memory.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • How sharply and indelibly cut in my memory, like intaglios in ivory, the surroundings of that scene, even to the minutest detail!

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Lessons swift and bitter are indelibly impressed on the minds of the pupils there.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • He has indelibly branded these miserable actors who play upon the theatre of their vices the comedy of their vanity.

British Dictionary definitions for indelibly


incapable of being erased or obliterated
making indelible marks: indelible ink
Derived Forms
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in-1+ delēre to destroy
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Word Origin and History for indelibly



1520s, from Latin indelebilis "indelible, imperishable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + delebilis "able to be destroyed," from delere "destroy, blot out" (see delete). Vowel change from -e- to -i- in English is late 17c. Related: Indelibly.

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