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.
Related formsin·al·ien·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ien·a·ble·ness, nounin·al·ien·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples of inalienability
In the West we have systems such as that of the homestead, based on the inalienability of the family property (bien de famille).
The idea of consent is also revolutionary—but the moment "inalienability" is granted, consent to be governed must follow.
Inalienability being foreign to the discussion, the long word inalienable only encumbers the sentence.
Neither Solon nor Lycurgus taught the inalienability of human rights.
British Dictionary definitions for inalienability
Derived Formsinalienability or inalienableness, nouninalienably, adverb
not able to be transferred to another; not alienablethe inalienable rights of the citizen
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Word Origin and History for inalienability
1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + alienable (see alienate). Related: Inalienably; Inalienability.
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