alienable

[ eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, ey-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈeɪl yə nə bəl, ˈeɪ li ə- /
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adjective Law.

capable of being sold or transferred.

Nearby words

  1. alick,
  2. alicyclic,
  3. alidade,
  4. alien,
  5. alien and sedition acts,
  6. alienage,
  7. alienate,
  8. alienation,
  9. alienation of affections,
  10. alienee

Origin of alienable

1605–15; < French, Middle French aliė́nable from aliė́ner “to sell, transfer” from Latin aliēnāre “to transfer by sale” (see alien) + -able

Related formsal·ien·a·bil·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for alienable

alienable

/ (ˈeɪljənəbəl, ˈeɪlɪə-) /

adjective

law (of property) transferable to another owner
Derived Formsalienability, noun

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Word Origin and History for alienable

alienable

adj.

1610s; see alien (adj.) + -able. Related: Alienability.

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