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[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.
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Origin of inalienable

First recorded in 1610–20; in-3 + alienable
Related formsin·al·ien·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ien·a·ble·ness, nounin·al·ien·a·bly, adverb


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basic, inbred, inviolable, natural, sacrosanct, unassailable, entailed, nonnegotiable

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British Dictionary definitions for inalienable


  1. not able to be transferred to another; not alienablethe inalienable rights of the citizen
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Derived Formsinalienability or inalienableness, nouninalienably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inalienable


1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + alienable (see alienate). Related: Inalienably; Inalienability.

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