[in-eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, -ey-lee-uh-]
- not transferable to another or not capable of being taken away or denied; not alienable: inalienable rights, freedoms, and liberties; an inalienable territory; inalienable principles and values.
Origin of inalienable
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inviolable, absolute, unassailable, inherent.
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Examples from the Web for inalienability
In the West we have systems such as that of the homestead, based on the inalienability of the family property (bien de famille).The Shield
The idea of consent is also revolutionary—but the moment "inalienability" is granted, consent to be governed must follow.Proclaim Liberty!
Inalienability being foreign to the discussion, the long word inalienable only encumbers the sentence.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Neither Solon nor Lycurgus taught the inalienability of human rights.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
- not able to be transferred to another; not alienablethe inalienable rights of the citizen
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Word Origin and History for inalienability
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