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[in-eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, -ey-lee-uh-] /ɪnˈeɪl yə nə bəl, -ˈeɪ li ə-/
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
First recorded in 1610-20; in-3 + alienable
Related forms
inalienability, inalienableness, noun
inalienably, adverb
inviolable, absolute, unassailable, inherent.
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  • The fascist state recognizes no inalienable right, and needs no consent from its people.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • Your declaration on the inalienable rights of men is well stated.

    America First Various
  • He himself would never see victory, but the struggle was his inalienable heritage.

    Roads from Rome Anne C. E. Allinson
  • It was a habit of thought, inalienable, the product of the ages.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • No qualms of conscience troubled her as to her inalienable right to fly from him.

    Browning and His Century Helen Archibald Clarke
  • It is a national prerogative, as inalienable as his pride and his poverty.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
British Dictionary definitions for inalienable


not able to be transferred to another; not alienable: the inalienable rights of the citizen
Derived Forms
inalienability, inalienableness, noun
inalienably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inalienable

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + alienable (see alienate). Related: Inalienably; Inalienability.

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