in·​de·​struc·​ti·​ble | \ˌin-di-ˈstrək-tə-bəl \

Definition of indestructible 

: incapable of being destroyed, ruined, or rendered ineffective

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Other Words from indestructible

indestructibility \ ˌin-​di-​ˌstrək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
indestructibleness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
indestructibly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstrək-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for indestructible


imperishable, inextinguishable


destructible, extinguishable, perishable

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Examples of indestructible in a Sentence

diamonds are widely considered to be indestructible because they are one of the hardest known substances

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First Known Use of indestructible

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indestructible

probably from Late Latin indestructibilis, from Latin in- + destructus, past participle of destruere to tear down — more at destroy

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English Language Learners Definition of indestructible

: impossible to break or destroy


in·​de·​struc·​ti·​ble | \ˌin-di-ˈstrək-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of indestructible

: impossible to destroy an indestructible toy

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