inalienable

[ in-eyl-yuh-nuh-buhl, -ey-lee-uh- ]
/ ɪnˈeɪl yə nə bəl, -ˈeɪ li ə- /

adjective

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

Related forms

in·al·ien·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ien·a·ble·ness, nounin·al·ien·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for inalienable

inalienable

/ (ɪnˈeɪljənəbəl) /

adjective

not able to be transferred to another; not alienablethe inalienable rights of the citizen

Derived Forms

inalienability or inalienableness, nouninalienably, adverb
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