in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Definition of indelible

1a : that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
b : making marks that cannot easily be removed an indelible pencil
2a : lasting indelible memories
b : unforgettable, memorable an indelible performance

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indelibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌde-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indelibility (audio) \ noun
indelibly \ in-​ˈde-​lə-​blē How to pronounce indelibly (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of indelible in a Sentence

But the most indelible evening of the rebellion for me was the night I had first got beaten. — Amiri Baraka, The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, 1984 All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 1984 The illustrator of children's books surpasses other artists in the impressionability of his audience; it is beyond calculation, no doubt, what touches will produce an indelible effect, when the receiving surface of a child's psyche is so soft and mysteriously laden and momentous with its own raw energy. — John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 4 Dec. 1983 winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience
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First Known Use of indelible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indelible

Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete

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“Indelible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indelible

: impossible to remove or forget
: producing marks that cannot be erased


in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Kids Definition of indelible

1 : impossible to remove or forget He made an indelible impression.
2 : making marks not easily removed indelible ink

Other Words from indelible

indelibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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