obliterable

obliterate

[uh-blit-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), obliterated, obliterating.
1.
to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
2.
to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin oblitterātus (past participle of oblitterāre, efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to ob- ob- + litter(a) letter + -ātus -ate1

obliterable [uh-blit-er-uh-buhl] , adjective
obliterator, noun
half-obliterated, adjective
unobliterated, adjective


2. expunge. See cancel.
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obliterate (əˈblɪtəˌreɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
 
[C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter]
 
oblite'ration
 
n
 
o'bliterative
 
adj
 
o'bliterator
 
n

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obliterate
c.1600, from L. obliteratus, pp. of obliterare "cause to disappear, efface," from ob "against" + littera (also litera) "letter, script" (see letter); abstracted from phrase literas scribere "write across letters, strike out letters."
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obliterate o·blit·er·ate (ə-blĭt'ə-rāt', ō-blĭt'-)
v. o·blit·er·at·ed, o·blit·er·at·ing, o·blit·er·ates

  1. To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.

  2. To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.


o·blit'er·a'tion n.
o·blit'er·a'tive (-ə-rā'tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
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