[ im-pri-skrip-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪm prɪˈskrɪp tə bəl /

adjective Law.

not subject to prescription.

Origin of imprescriptible

From the Medieval Latin word imprescriptibilis, dating back to 1555–65. See im-2, prescriptible
Related formsim·pre·scrip·ti·bil·i·ty, nounim·pre·scrip·ti·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for imprescriptible


/ (ˌɪmprɪˈskrɪptəbəl) /


law immune or exempt from prescription
Derived Formsimprescriptibility, nounimprescriptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imprescriptible



"inalienable, not subject to prescription," 1560s, French imprescriptible (16c.) or a native formation from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + Latin praescriptus, past participle of praescribere "to write beforehand" (see prescribe). Usually with right. Alternative imprescribable is attested from 1887.

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