- An example of indelible is ink that cannot be washed out of a shirt.
- An example of indelible is the first impression made by the person who later becomes your spouse.
The definition of indelible is something that cannot be erased or eliminated.
- that cannot be erased, blotted out, eliminated, etc.; permanent; lasting
- leaving a lasting mark: indelible ink
Origin of indelibleClassical Latin indelibilis from in-, not + delibilis, perishable from delere, to destroy: see delete
- Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
- Making a mark not easily erased or washed away: an indelible pen for labeling clothing.
- Unable to be forgotten; memorable: an indelible memory.
Origin of indelibleAlteration of earlier indeleble from Latin indēlēbilis in- not ; see in- 1. dēlēbilis capable of being effaced ( from dēlēre to wipe out )
(comparative more indelible, superlative most indelible)
- having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface
- This ink spot on the contract is indelible.
- This stain on my shirt is indelible.
- incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten
- That horrible story just might make an indelible impression on the memory.
- incapable of being annulled
From Latin indelebilis (“indestructible”).