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v. ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
1. To rub or wipe out; erase: The serial number had been effaced from the stolen product.
2. To remove or make indistinct: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness" (Alan Moorehead).
3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly" (Doris Lessing).
4. Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

[Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.]

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.


A position in ballet in which the dancer stands at an angle to the audience so that part of the body is hidden from view.

[French, from past participle of effacer, to efface; see efface.]
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Adj.1.effaceable - capable of being effaced; "the fire's worst scars were effaceable by a comprehensive program of reforestation"; "a signal too loud to be erasable in a single pass through the erase head"
eradicable - able to be eradicated or rooted out
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The deposit of effaceable mud on Puro's forehead functions as a grotesque reminder of her status as the soiled pariah who belongs to the external side of the gated boundary.
Daniel Kahn Gillmor, technology fellow at the ACLU, says this aspect of the FBI's order is (https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/one-fbis-major-claims-iphone-case-fraudulent) fraudulent . "The truth is that even if this feature is enabled on the device in question, the FBI doesn't need to worry about it, because they can already bypass it by backing up part of the phone (called the 'Effaceable Storage') before attempting to guess the passcode."
In doing so, they may set about creating an artefact of their own, and reflect on the over-all artistic and research process that go into its making (ibid), so that their individual learning experience could help them generate effaceable instruction strategies to enable others to create their own work.