Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
  • adj. Making a mark not easily erased or washed away: an indelible pen for labeling clothing.
  • adj. Unable to be forgotten; memorable: an indelible memory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface;
  • adj. incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten.
  • adj. incapable of being annulled

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That can not be removed, washed away, blotted out, or effaced; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten
  • adj. That can not be annulled; indestructible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not deleble; not to be blotted out; incapable of being effaced or obliterated.
  • Not to be annulled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. cannot be removed or erased

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of earlier indeleble, from Latin indēlēbilis : in-, not; see in-1 + dēlēbilis, capable of being effaced (from dēlēre, to wipe out).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin indelebilis "indestructible"

Examples

  • His favourite shirt had the name 'Jason' written in indelible marker on the inside collar.

    Perhaps

  • And if you are worried about people voting more than once, there's this handy thing called indelible ink that even third-world countries know how to use. posted by MN Politics Guru @ 13:38

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • How she advised herself to that effect is more than I can imagine, but the print of her words is indelible, that is what she said.

    The Pool in the Desert

  • "The so-called indelible ink put on the finger of voters could be washed off at several voting stations (and) one mobile polling station in the northern Ohangwena Region, did not put the official stamp of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on ballot papers, which makes them spoilt votes", Jesaya Nyamu, secretary general of RDP, told reporters.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • Presidential poll day sees low turnout amid bombings, fraud claims and 'indelible' finger markings that wash off ... wherein a voter turns up half an hour after casting his ballot with his finger washed clean.

    Afghanistan's big election day

  • Art books tend to favor "indelible," Dr. Schawe prefers "characteristic," and the Alte Pinokothek's own catalog uses "lasting."

    Staring Dürer in the Face

  • I suspect that the pared-down McCarthy prose was aiming to result in that kind of indelible, perfectly crafted sentence.

    A Taut, Bloody Thriller, Philosophically Inflected

  • Turns out the "indelible" ink pen designed for cattle eartags wouldn't hold to the plastic tape at all.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Afghanistan election: 'indelible' ink washes off voters' fingers

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He left the kind of indelible impression that vaulted the Tigers to the No. 1 spot in the weekly BCS rankings, ahead of

    NY Daily News

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  • i'm tempted to ask my family and friends about what things they feel are indelibly linked to me?

    September 13, 2012

  • Ha, I like the phrase le matite contestate.

    June 8, 2009

  • By the way, the article talks about me (I called them and they interviewed me).

    June 8, 2009

  • Astonishing. Of course, that does explain a few things...

    June 8, 2009

  • In Italy, we vote with indelible pencils.

    But...

    Today, during EU elections, I brought an eraser with me, and guess what? The pencil mark could be easily erased!

    June 8, 2009