[ in-eyl-yuh-nuh-buhl, -ey-lee-uh- ]
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  1. 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

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Other words for inalienable

Other words from inalienable

  • in·al·ien·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ien·a·ble·ness, noun
  • in·al·ien·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inalienable in a sentence

  • In the West we have systems such as that of the homestead, based on the inalienability of the family property (bien de famille).

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British Dictionary definitions for inalienable


/ (ɪnˈeɪljənəbəl) /

  1. not able to be transferred to another; not alienable: the inalienable rights of the citizen

Derived forms of inalienable

  • inalienability or inalienableness, noun
  • inalienably, adverb

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