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inalienable

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adjective in·alien·able \(ˌ)i-ˈnāl-yə-nə-bəl, -ˈnā-lē-ə-nə-\

Simple Definition of inalienable

  • : impossible to take away or give up

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inalienable

  1. :  incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred <inalienable rights>

inalienability play \-ˌnāl-yə-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnā-lē-ə-nə-\ noun
inalienably play \-ˈnāl-yə-nə-blē, -ˈnā-lē-ə-nə-\ adverb

Did You Know?

Alien, "alienable," "inalienable" - it's easy enough to see the Latin word alius, meaning "other," at the root of these three words. "Alien" joined our language in the 14th century, and one of its earliest meanings was "belonging to another." By the early 1600s that sense of "alien" had led to the development of "alienable," an adjective describing something you could give away or transfer ownership of, and "unalienable," its opposite. By about 1645, "inalienable" was also in use as a synonym of "unalienable." "Inalienable" is the more common variant today, but it was "unalienable" that was used in the Declaration of Independence to describe rights like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Origin of inalienable

probably from French inaliénable, from in- + aliénable alienable


First Known Use: circa 1645


INALIENABLE Defined for Kids

inalienable

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adjective in·alien·able \i-ˈnāl-yə-nə-bəl\

Definition of inalienable for Students

  1. :  impossible to take away or give up <Our citizens have certain inalienable rights.>




Law Dictionary

inalienable

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adjective in·alien·able \in-ˈāl-yə-nə-bəl, -ˈā-lē-ə-\

Legal Definition of inalienable

  1. :  incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred <inalienable rights>

inalienability \-ˌāl-yə-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌā-lē-ə-\ play noun
inalienably adverb



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