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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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Examples from the Web for inalienably
Historical Examples
  • The chapel was recently bought by the church on the death of its owner, and is now inalienably possessed by the parish.


    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
  • It was, in form and 'fixtures,' an inalienably Mid-Victorian room, and held its stolid own in the riot of Rossettis.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • Before she had finished, his arms were round her, and she felt how inalienably faithful he was.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • If they know what it is at all, they feel it to be inalienably their own; which none could give them and which none can take away.

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • This does not seem to have implied that they were inalienably annexed to the crown, for King Edward had given some of them away.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • In 1754 an Act “annexed the forfeited estates of the Jacobites who had been out (or many of them) inalienably to the Crown.”

  • This property belongs rightfully and inalienably to the nation itself.

  • While the throne is inalienably secured to the king for life, the government is vested in a legislative chamber, called Borodemy.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
British Dictionary definitions for inalienably


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 inalienably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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