Definition of indelible in English:

indelible

adjective

  • 1(of ink or a pen) making marks that cannot be removed.

    ‘an indelible marker pen’
    • ‘If you ask Liberians if they voted, they will proudly show you their thumb painted with indelible ink, the mark of the voter.’
    • ‘Voters who do turn up to the polling stations today will have their thumb marked with indelible ink to prevent them voting more than once.’
    • ‘Voters will have their finger marked with indelible ink to avoid repeat ballots.’
    • ‘Voters will have a thumb marked with indelible ink to circumvent the problem of incomplete electoral registers.’
    • ‘The surgeon marks the legs using an indelible ink marker while the patient is standing.’
    • ‘This makes it impossible for election officials to follow instructions to mark voters' fingers with indelible ink to prevent them voting twice.’
    • ‘Police advice is to never leave your phone lying around, keep it out of view when you are not using it and mark your postcode on it with an indelible pen.’
    • ‘The point of entry can be marked with an impression from a thumbnail, a needle cap, or an indelible ink pen.’
    • ‘Do I have sucker tattooed in indelible ink on my forehead?’
    • ‘They would be putting their finger into indelible ink, after they had voted, as they do around the world.’
    • ‘Those without a criminal record were stamped on the arm with indelible ink.’
    • ‘You could write your name into the history books with indelible ink.’
    • ‘Name tags are included on all items with indelible pens available for £1.99.’
    • ‘The advice suggests the surgeon in charge should draw an arrow with an indelible pen pointing to the area to be operated on.’
    • ‘You will need a bowl or large measuring cup for warm water, a candy thermometer and a nontoxic indelible pen or dull knife.’
    • ‘He dipped his big toe in indelible ink to stamp the ballot paper.’
    • ‘Food pricing labels sometimes use indelible inks that can transfer onto a laminate surface.’
    • ‘To prevent one person from voting more than once, indelible ink is applied to the thumbs of those who have voted.’
    • ‘Tag them, or use an indelible pen to write the variety name directly on each tuber.’
    • ‘It would also be a good idea to use indelible ink, then the police would be able to spot the culprits.’
    ineradicable, inerasable, ineffaceable, unexpungeable, indestructible, permanent, lasting, persisting, enduring, stubborn, ingrained, unfading, imperishable
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    1. 1.1Not able to be forgotten.
      ‘the story made an indelible impression on me’
      • ‘Both the weather and the cost of living seem to have left an indelible impression on the star's memory since his last visit, but he said he would still be keen to make another film here.’
      • ‘Learning through hands-on experiences leaves a more indelible impression.’
      • ‘Witnessing the devastation and tragic scenes of human suffering left an indelible impression on Burchett and had a profound effect on the rest of his life.’
      • ‘The TTD management is making all efforts to make the event a success to leave an indelible impression on the visiting devotees.’
      • ‘And being a child this made an indelible impression upon me.’
      • ‘His memory for faces, names and incidents and his concern for every individual leaves behind him an indelible impression.’
      • ‘We never found it, but your humility left an indelible impression on me, and I decided that is how I want to treat people.’
      • ‘Seen from a distance, though, they create an indelible impression in people's memories of our city.’
      • ‘Occasionally the orchestra tended to overpower her, but the brilliance of her playing left an indelible impression.’
      • ‘The years I spent at Eastwood Public School and Marsden High have left an indelible impression on me.’
      • ‘He is used to leaving indelible impressions on the minds of music lovers the world over.’
      • ‘I wouldn't go quite that far, but it did leave an indelible impression upon our cultural psyche.’
      • ‘Both Jones and Roberts left indelible impressions on the Masters and on the world of golf.’
      • ‘He left an indelible impression on Japanese audiences and it would take a brave man to try and follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘This was my first direct experience of death and it left an indelible impression.’
      • ‘Other settlers, such as the English and French, have also made an indelible impression.’
      • ‘He is one of a kind who leaves an indelible impression on one's mind for all times to come.’
      • ‘Two flyhalves made indelible impressions in Sunday's Springbok rugby trials - one of them an Old Selbornian.’
      • ‘His figures are neither idealised nor recognisable; they tell no literal story, yet they leave indelible impressions on the viewer.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, slavery in Virginia made an indelible impression upon him.’
      ineradicable, inerasable, ineffaceable, unexpungeable, indestructible, permanent, lasting, persisting, enduring, stubborn, ingrained, unfading, imperishable
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Origin

Late 15th century (as indeleble): from French, or from Latin indelebilis, from in- ‘not’ + delebilis (from delere ‘efface, delete’). The ending was altered under the influence of -ible.

Pronunciation

indelible

/ɪnˈdɛlɪb(ə)l/