in·​de·​struc·​ti·​ble ˌin-di-ˈstrək-tə-bəl How to pronounce indestructible (audio)
: incapable of being destroyed, ruined, or rendered ineffective
indestructibility noun
indestructibleness noun
indestructibly adverb

Example Sentences

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


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

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indestructible was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Indestructible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​de·​struc·​ti·​ble ˌin-di-ˈstrək-tə-bəl How to pronounce indestructible (audio)
: impossible to destroy
indestructibility noun
indestructibleness noun
indestructibly adverb

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