Indelible In*del"i*ble, a. [L. indelebilis; pref. in- not + delebilis capable of being destroyed: cf. F. ind['e]l['e]bile. See {In-} not, and {Deleble}.] [Formerly written also {indeleble}, which accords with the etymology of the word.] [1913 Webster] 1. That can not be removed, washed away, blotted out, or effaced; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten; as, indelible characters; an indelible stain; an indelible impression on the memory. [1913 Webster]

2. That can not be annulled; indestructible. [R.] [1913 Webster]

They are endued with indelible power from above. --Sprat. [1913 Webster]

{Indelible colors}, fast colors which do not fade or tarnish by exposure.

{Indelible ink}, an ink not obliterated by washing; esp., a solution of silver nitrate.

Syn: Fixed; fast; permanent; ineffaceable. -- {In*del"i*ble*ness}, n. -- {In*del"i*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Indelibly stamped and impressed. --J. Ellis. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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