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


  1. not transferable to another or not capable of being taken away or denied; inalienable:

    The Declaration of Independence acknowledged that all humans have innate, unalienable rights.


/ ʌnˈeɪljənəbəl /


  1. law a variant of inalienable

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unalienable1

First recorded in 1610–20; un- 1 + alienable

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Example Sentences

Putin said Ukraine was an “unalienable” part of Russia’s “own history, culture and spiritual space” in an hour-long speech yesterday, and that the self-declared republics needed to be protected from the threat of “genocide.”

From Quartz

I will fight to defend the self-evident truths that all people are created equal and have an unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of individual fulfillment.

From Time

Murray goes on to say in the ensuing chapter that the nation’s soul is bound up in the founding ideals that affirm we are all created equal, with certain unalienable rights.

But as Coulter says, No one is claiming that the Constitution gives each person an unalienable right not to buy insurance.

Fourth, It is the function of government to secure these natural, unalienable, and equal rights to every man.

He kidnaps a man endowed by his Creator with the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

He knew he was stealing a Man born with the same unalienable right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' as himself.

Was there any effectual mode of securing to Mr. Burns his natural and unalienable Right except the mode of forcible rescue?

Will you remember your natural, unalienable right over her whom your mother loved and trusted?'


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More About Unalienable

What does unalienable mean?

Unalienable describes things, especially rights, that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred to another person.

Unalienable means the same thing as inalienable, which is now the standard term.

Unalienable is no longer in common use, but it is closely associated with the phrase unalienable rights due to its appearance in the U.S. Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson actually used inalienable in early drafts of the Declaration of Independence, but the spelling was changed for the final draft. Unalienable was the preferred spelling until around the 1830s, but inalienable has completely replaced it in regular use.

Alienable is a word, but it’s rarely used. It means able to be sold or transferred.

Example: We work to make the founders’ words true—that everyone has the unalienable right to freedom.

Where does unalienable come from?

The first records of the word unalienable come from the early 1600s. It is formed from the prefix un-, meaning “not,” and alienable, which comes from the Latin verb aliēnāre, meaning “to transfer by sale.”

If something is unalienable, it’s “not for sale”—it isn’t going anywhere. Regardless of its preferred spelling, the word has always been used in a legal context. It’s most commonly used to describe rights that people believe cannot be denied to them or taken away from them by their government. Such rights involve things other than freedom, such as the ownership of property.

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How is unalienable used in real life?

Unalienable is no longer in common use, but it’s well known due to its use in the Declaration of Independence.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of unalienable?

A. inalienable
B. inherent
C. optional
D. absolute




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