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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.
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Kent Piacenti have pointed out, the INA focuses on the "outdated and pernicious" reliance on "the indelibility of blood" rather than functional relationships between parents and children as the means of transmitting citizenship.
Moving from visiting the camps in the 1980s to enacting the survivor in this later series about displacement, Friedman underscores the indelibility of this particular past.
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Beginning in the "Prologue: To Sound American," and continuing for the length of the book, Granade argues for the indelibility of those experiences not only for Partch's musical output, but even more intriguingly, for the way in which Partch later constructed his identity around and against that of the hobo, even though those experiences only lasted for fifteen years.
It occurred to me to point out that the question itself obviated the alleged indelibility, the fixed quality of absolute identification, that they sought.
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It carries connotations of permanence and indelibility, while evoking ghosts of the Grays' past and linking them to the England and Scotland of the Stuart era.
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