adjective Etymology: Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete Date: 15th century 1. a. that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased b. making marks that cannot easily be removed <
an indelible pencil
2. a. lasting <
indelible memories
b. unforgettable, memorable <
an indelible performance
indelibility nounindelibly adverb

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indelible — [in del′ə bəl] adj. [L indelibilis < in , not + delibilis, perishable < delere, to destroy: see DELETE] 1. that cannot be erased, blotted out, eliminated, etc.; permanent; lasting 2. leaving an indelible mark [indelible ink] indelibility n …   English World dictionary

  • indelible — (adj.) 1520s, from L. indelebilis indelible, imperishable, from in not, opposite of, without (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + delebilis able to be destroyed, from delere destroy, blot out (see DELETE (Cf. delete)). Vowel change from e to i …   Etymology dictionary

  • indelible — I adjective changeless, durable, enduring, fadeless, fast, fixed, immovable, immutable, imperishable, incapable of being deleted, indefeasible, indelibilis, indestructible, ineffaceable, ineradicable, inerasable, inextinguishable, ingrained,… …   Law dictionary

  • indelible — [adj] not able to be erased, indestructible enduring, ineffaceable, ineradicable, inerasable, inexpungible, inextirpable, ingrained, lasting, memorable, permanent, rememberable, stirring, unforgettable; concepts 482,529 Ant. delible, destructible …   New thesaurus

  • indelible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of ink or a mark) unable to be removed. 2) unable to be forgotten. DERIVATIVES indelibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin indelebilis, from in not + delere delete …   English terms dictionary

  • indelible — [[t]ɪnde̱lɪb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that something leaves an indelible impression, you mean that it is very unlikely to be forgotten. My visit to India in 1986 left an indelible impression on me... The war has made an… …   English dictionary

  • indelible — indelibility, indelibleness, n. indelibly, adv. /in del euh beuhl/, adj. 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 …   Universalium

  • indelible — in•del•i•ble [[t]ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) making marks that cannot be removed: indelible pens[/ex] 2) not removable, as by washing or erasure: indelible stains[/ex] 3) memorable; unforgettable: indelible memories[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30;… …   From formal English to slang

  • indelible — /ɪnˈdɛləbəl / (say in deluhbuhl) adjective 1. incapable of being deleted or obliterated: an indelible impression. 2. making indelible marks: an indelible pencil. {Latin indēlēbilis that cannot be deleted} –indelibility /ɪnˌdɛləˈbɪləti/ (say… …   Australian English dictionary

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