in·​ef·​face·​able | \ˌi-nə-ˈfā-sə-bəl \

Definition of ineffaceable 

: not effaceable : ineradicable

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ineffaceability \ ˌi-​nə-​ˌfā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
ineffaceably \ ˌi-​nə-​ˈfā-​sə-​blē \ adverb

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The relic, with ghostly, ineffaceable traces of the original handiwork, is in the show. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Audacity of Robert Rauschenberg," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of ineffaceable

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ineffaceable

probably from French ineffaçable, from Middle French, from in- + effaçable effaceable

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