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Definitions for indelible
ɪnˈdɛl ə bəlin·deli·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indelible, unerasableadjective

    cannot be removed or erased

    "an indelible stain"; "indelible memories"


  1. indelibleadjective

    having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface;

  2. indelibleadjective

    incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten.

    That horrible story just might make an indelible impression on the memory.

  3. indelibleadjective

    incapable of being annulled

  4. Etymology: indelebilis "indestructible"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indelibleadjective

    Etymology: indeleble, Fr. indelebilis, Lat. in and delible.

    Wilful perpetrations of unworthy actions brands with indelible characters the name and memory. Charles I .

    Thy heedless sleeve will drink the colour'd oil,
    And spot indelible thy pocket soil. John Gay, Trivia.

    All endued with indelible power from above to feed, to govern this household, and to consecrate pastors and stewards of it to the world's end. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.


  1. Indelible

    Indelible is the fourth book in the Grant County series by author Karin Slaughter. It was originally released in hardback in 2004. Previous books in the series are Blindsighted, Kisscut, and A Faint Cold Fear. These books star Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Lena Adams.


  1. indelible

    Indelible refers to something that cannot be removed, erased, or washed away. It often refers to ink or other substances, but it can also refer to long-lasting memories or impressions that cannot be forgotten.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indelibleadjective

    that can not be removed, washed away, blotted out, or effaced; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten; as, indelible characters; an indelible stain; an indelible impression on the memory

  2. Indelibleadjective

    that can not be annulled; indestructible

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indelible

    in-del′i-bl, adj. that cannot be blotted out or effaced.—ns. Indelibil′ity, Indel′ibleness.—adv. Indel′ibly. [Fr.,—L. in, not, delebilisdelēre, to destroy.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indelible in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indelible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of indelible in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Field:

    Human activity is causing deforestation on a massive scale, we know that the diversity of bird communities is impacted by the availability of forests -- when forests are cut down in favor of, for example, palm oil monoculture, bird diversity is slashed. It's probable that, if this kind of deforestation continues unabated, it will leave an indelible signature on the evolution of birdlife.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.:

    We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

  3. Charles Darwin:

    We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

  4. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man 1871:

    Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

  5. Sylvia Levi:

    She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim... her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization.

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