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in·del·i·ble

 (ĭn-dĕl′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
2. Making a mark not easily erased or washed away: an indelible pen for labeling clothing.
3. Unable to be forgotten; memorable: an indelible memory.

[Alteration of earlier indeleble, from Latin indēlēbilis : in-, not; see in-1 + dēlēbilis, capable of being effaced (from dēlēre, to wipe out).]

in·del′i·bil′i·ty n.
in·del′i·bly adv.

indelible

(ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl)
adj
1. incapable of being erased or obliterated
2. making indelible marks: indelible ink.
[C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in-1+ delēre to destroy]
inˌdeliˈbility, inˈdelibleness n
inˈdelibly adv

in•del•i•ble

(ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl)

adj.
1. making marks that cannot be removed: indelible pens.
2. not removable, as by washing or erasure: indelible stains.
3. memorable; unforgettable: indelible memories.
[1520–30; earlier indeleble < Latin indēlēbilis indestructible. See in-3, delete, -ble]
in•del`i•bil′i•ty, in•del′i•ble•ness, n.
in•del′i•bly, adv.
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Adj.1.indelible - cannot be removed or erased; "an indelible stain"; "indelible memories"
ineradicable - not able to be destroyed or rooted out; "ineradicable superstitions"

indelible

indelible

adjective
Permanently resistive to fading:
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indelible

[ɪnˈdeləbl] ADJ
1. (= not washable) [ink, stain] → indeleble
indelible penbolígrafo m de tinta indeleble
2. (= unforgettable) [memory, image] → indeleble, imborrable
it made an indelible impression on mese me quedó grabado en la memoria

indelible

[ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl] adj
[impression] → indélébile
[ink] → indélébile

indelible

adj stainnicht zu entfernen; ink alsowasserunlöslich; (fig) impressionunauslöschlich; indelible pencilKopierstift m, → Tintenstift m; to leave an indelible mark on somebody/something (fig)jdn/etw für immer zeichnen

indelible

[ɪnˈdɛləbl] adj (also) (fig) → indelebile

indelible

(inˈdeləbl) adjective
(making a mark) that cannot be removed. indelible ink; The events of that day have left an indelible impression on my mind.
References in classic literature ?
It was never published, but I saw it once and it made an indelible impression on my mind.
My aunt took so kindly to the notion, that some ready-made clothes, which were purchased for me that afternoon, were marked 'Trotwood Copperfield', in her own handwriting, and in indelible marking-ink, before I put them on; and it was settled that all the other clothes which were ordered to be made for me (a complete outfit was bespoke that afternoon) should be marked in the same way.
But for the indelible picture that my remembrance now holds before me, I could scarcely believe, even as I write these words, that I saw two-and-thirty men and women put before the Judge to receive that sentence together.
The unison of opposites to prove, Of the soft wax and diamond hard am I; But still, obedient to the laws of love, Here, hard or soft, I offer you my breast, Whate'er you grave or stamp thereon shall rest Indelible for all eternity.
I wished to fix an indelible impression of it in my mind.
Then the cambric was torn from her beautiful shoulders; and on one of those lovely shoulders, round and white, D'Artagnan recognized, with inexpressible astonishment, the FLEUR-DE-LIS--that indelible mark which the hand of the infamous executioner had imprinted.
Fortunately, as regarded this circumstance at least, his painful past gave to his countenance an indelible sadness, and the glimmerings of gayety seen beneath this cloud were indeed but transitory.
An indelible stain of blood is upon the hands of all who consented to this act, but a large share of the awful responsibility must rest upon the person then at the head of the government.
Some presented their points disposed in small figures, and being placed upon the body, were, by a single blow of the hammer, made to leave their indelible impression.
Fanny thought exactly the same; and they were also quite agreed in their opinion of the lasting effect, the indelible impression, which such a disappointment must make on his mind.
He accepted the compliment calmly, as men must in lands where women make the love, tore a leaf from a note-book, and with a patent indelible pencil wrote in gross Shikast - the script that bad little boys use when they write dirt on walls: 'I have everything that they have written: their pictures of the country, and many letters.
She had also the faculty of never forgetting any fact bearing upon her one idea; and I remembered now that the conversation with me about the will had produced on her an indelible impression of the Law's surprising justice.