Definition of indelible in US English:

indelible

adjective

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

    • ‘The surgeon marks the legs using an indelible ink marker while the patient is standing.’
    • ‘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 their finger marked with indelible ink to avoid repeat ballots.’
    • ‘Tag them, or use an indelible pen to write the variety name directly on each tuber.’
    • ‘Voters will have a thumb marked with indelible ink to circumvent the problem of incomplete electoral registers.’
    • ‘Those without a criminal record were stamped on the arm 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.’
    • ‘The advice suggests the surgeon in charge should draw an arrow with an indelible pen pointing to the area to be operated on.’
    • ‘You could write your name into the history books with indelible ink.’
    • ‘Do I have sucker tattooed in indelible ink on my forehead?’
    • ‘This makes it impossible for election officials to follow instructions to mark voters' fingers with indelible ink to prevent them voting twice.’
    • ‘He dipped his big toe in indelible ink to stamp the ballot paper.’
    • ‘To prevent one person from voting more than once, indelible ink is applied to the thumbs of those who have voted.’
    • ‘The point of entry can be marked with an impression from a thumbnail, a needle cap, or an indelible ink pen.’
    • ‘If you ask Liberians if they voted, they will proudly show you their thumb painted with indelible ink, the mark of the voter.’
    • ‘It would also be a good idea to use indelible ink, then the police would be able to spot the culprits.’
    • ‘Food pricing labels sometimes use indelible inks that can transfer onto a laminate surface.’
    • ‘Name tags are included on all items with indelible pens available for £1.99.’
    • ‘They would be putting their finger into indelible ink, after they had voted, as they do around the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 or removed.
      ‘his story made an indelible impression on me’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Learning through hands-on experiences leaves a more indelible impression.’
      • ‘I wouldn't go quite that far, but it did leave an indelible impression upon our cultural psyche.’
      • ‘The years I spent at Eastwood Public School and Marsden High have left an indelible impression on me.’
      • ‘Both Jones and Roberts left indelible impressions on the Masters and on the world of golf.’
      • ‘We never found it, but your humility left an indelible impression on me, and I decided that is how I want to treat people.’
      • ‘He is one of a kind who leaves an indelible impression on one's mind for all times to come.’
      • ‘Occasionally the orchestra tended to overpower her, but the brilliance of her playing left an indelible impression.’
      • ‘His figures are neither idealised nor recognisable; they tell no literal story, yet they leave indelible impressions on the viewer.’
      • ‘And being a child this made an indelible impression upon 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 left an indelible impression on Japanese audiences and it would take a brave man to try and follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, slavery in Virginia made an indelible impression upon him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seen from a distance, though, they create an indelible impression in people's memories of our city.’
      • ‘This was my first direct experience of death and it left an indelible impression.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/inˈdeləb(ə)l//ɪnˈdɛləb(ə)l/