Definition of indelible in English:

indelible

adjective

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

    ‘an indelible marker pen’
    • ‘The surgeon marks the legs using an indelible ink marker while the patient is standing.’
    • ‘Name tags are included on all items with indelible pens available for £1.99.’
    • ‘You could write your name into the history books with indelible ink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Food pricing labels sometimes use indelible inks that can transfer onto a laminate surface.’
    • ‘This makes it impossible for election officials to follow instructions to mark voters' fingers with indelible ink to prevent them voting twice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They would be putting their finger into indelible ink, after they had voted, as they do around the world.’
    • ‘It would also be a good idea to use indelible ink, then the police would be able to spot the culprits.’
    • ‘If you ask Liberians if they voted, they will proudly show you their thumb painted with indelible ink, the mark of the voter.’
    • ‘The point of entry can be marked with an impression from a thumbnail, a needle cap, or an indelible ink pen.’
    • ‘To prevent one person from voting more than once, indelible ink is applied to the thumbs of those who have voted.’
    • ‘Voters will have their finger marked with indelible ink to avoid repeat ballots.’
    • ‘The advice suggests the surgeon in charge should draw an arrow with an indelible pen pointing to the area to be operated on.’
    • ‘Tag them, or use an indelible pen to write the variety name directly on each tuber.’
    • ‘Those without a criminal record were stamped on the arm with indelible ink.’
    • ‘Do I have sucker tattooed in indelible ink on my forehead?’
    • ‘You will need a bowl or large measuring cup for warm water, a candy thermometer and a nontoxic indelible pen or dull knife.’
    • ‘Voters will have a thumb marked with indelible ink to circumvent the problem of incomplete electoral registers.’
    • ‘He dipped his big toe in indelible ink to stamp the ballot paper.’
    ineradicable, inerasable, ineffaceable, unexpungeable, indestructible, permanent, lasting, persisting, enduring, stubborn, ingrained, unfading, imperishable
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    1. 1.1 Not able to be forgotten.
      ‘the story made an indelible impression on me’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is one of a kind who leaves an indelible impression on one's mind for all times to come.’
      • ‘His figures are neither idealised nor recognisable; they tell no literal story, yet they leave indelible impressions on the viewer.’
      • ‘Seen from a distance, though, they create an indelible impression in people's memories of our city.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, slavery in Virginia made an indelible impression upon him.’
      • ‘I wouldn't go quite that far, but it did leave an indelible impression upon our cultural psyche.’
      • ‘Learning through hands-on experiences leaves a more 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.’
      • ‘Both Jones and Roberts left indelible impressions on the Masters and on the world of golf.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His memory for faces, names and incidents and his concern for every individual leaves behind him an indelible impression.’
      • ‘Two flyhalves made indelible impressions in Sunday's Springbok rugby trials - one of them an Old Selbornian.’
      • ‘Other settlers, such as the English and French, have also made an indelible impression.’
      • ‘And being a child this made an indelible impression upon me.’
      • ‘This was my first direct experience of death and it left an indelible impression.’
      • ‘He left an indelible impression on Japanese audiences and it would take a brave man to try and follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘Occasionally the orchestra tended to overpower her, but the brilliance of her playing left an indelible impression.’
      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/