in·​erad·​i·​ca·​ble | \ ˌi-ni-ˈra-di-kə-bəl How to pronounce ineradicable (audio) \

Definition of ineradicable

: incapable of being eradicated

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ineradicability \ ˌi-​ni-​ˌra-​di-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ineradicable (audio) \ noun
ineradicably \ ˌi-​ni-​ˈra-​di-​kə-​blē How to pronounce ineradicable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ineradicable in a Sentence

She made an ineradicable impression on us.
Recent Examples on the Web Scenes from the work lingered in my mind as two ineradicable national crimes unfolded: the separation of children from their parents at the American border and the destruction of sacred Native sites by border-wall construction. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Notable Performances and Recordings of 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 That, too, was an ineradicable feature of the world, and Obama’s Administration acted accordingly. Stephen Wertheim, The New Yorker, "How Trump Brought Home the Endless War," 1 Oct. 2020 The tendency of both sides to exaggerate our challenges into calamities may point, instead, to a deep-seated, possibly ineradicable craving among overly coddled postmodern men and women for an experience of intense danger. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Confessions of a coronavirus skeptic," 23 Mar. 2020 As with tattoos, images that seem to be decoratively superficial are personal, political and ineradicable. Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 28 Sep. 2017 Certainly the needs satisfied by horror fiction are recurrent and ineradicable. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 27 Oct. 2017 Meanwhile, terrorism is an ineradicable risk that may increase as technology permits smaller numbers of people to effect greater harms. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Moderation in Defense of Liberty Is No Vice," 2 May 2017 The honest, informed prohibitionist acknowledges that his preferred policy is inseparable from ineradicable black markets in narcotics, which have fueled street violence throughout the War on Drugs. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "How Drug Prohibition Fuels American Carnage," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of ineradicable

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Ineradicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ineradicable

formal : impossible to remove or forget

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