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


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.

Nearby words

  1. inadvertency,
  2. inadvertent,
  3. inadvertently,
  4. inadvisability,
  5. inadvisable,
  6. inalterable,
  7. inamorata,
  8. inamorato,
  9. inane,
  10. inanely

Origin of inalienable

First recorded in 1610–20; in-3 + alienable

SYNONYMS FOR inalienable
Related formsin·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 inalienably



not able to be transferred to another; not alienablethe inalienable rights of the citizen
Derived Formsinalienability or inalienableness, nouninalienably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inalienably



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

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