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[eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, ey-lee-uh-]
adjective Law.
  1. capable of being sold or transferred.
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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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Examples from the Web for alienable

Historical Examples of alienable

  • A man's character, it will be argued, is an alienable personal possession.

    Determinism or Free-Will?

    Chapman Cohen

  • An interesse termini is a right in rem, alienable at common law, and transmissible to the executors of the lessee.

  • It should be mentioned that not every part of territory is alienable by the owner-State.

  • Every man may engage his services and his time; but he cannot sell himself; his person is not an alienable property.

  • Only pieces of land together with the appurtenant territorial waters are alienable parts of territory.

British Dictionary definitions for alienable


  1. law (of property) transferable to another owner
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Derived Formsalienability, noun
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Word Origin and History for alienable


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

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