[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.

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

Synonyms for inalienable

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Examples from the Web for inalienably

Historical Examples of inalienably

  • The chapel was recently bought by the church on the death of its owner, and is now inalienably possessed by the parish.


    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

  • It was, in form and 'fixtures,' an inalienably Mid-Victorian room, and held its stolid own in the riot of Rossettis.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • Before she had finished, his arms were round her, and she felt how inalienably faithful he was.

  • If they know what it is at all, they feel it to be inalienably their own; which none could give them and which none can take away.

  • This does not seem to have implied that they were inalienably annexed to the crown, for King Edward had given some of them away.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

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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