alien·​able | \ ˈāl-yə-nə-bəl How to pronounce alienable (audio) , ˈā-lē-ə-nə- \

Definition of alienable

: transferable to another's ownership

Other Words from alienable

alienability \ ˌāl-​yə-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce alienable (audio) , ˌā-​lē-​ə-​nə-​ \ noun

Examples of alienable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the interpretation promoted by Pompeo, however, women’s rights or L.G.B.T. rights are somehow additional to basic human rights—ad-hoc rights, alienable rights. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 10 July 2019 And values and alienable rights in our Constitution. Fox News, 10 July 2018 That military service is alienable, through restrictions on membership necessary for our military to fulfill its purpose, automatically rules it out as a right. Philip H. Devoe, National Review, 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of alienable

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alienable

probably borrowed from French aliénable, going back to Middle French, from aliener "to transfer (a property, right, etc.) to another's ownership" + -able -able — more at alien entry 3

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“Alienable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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alien·​able | \ ˈāl-yə-nə-bəl, ˈā-lē-ə- How to pronounce alienable (audio) \

Legal Definition of alienable

: that may be changed over to another's ownership an alienable interest in property

Other Words from alienable

alienability \ ˌāl-​yə-​nə-​ˈbil-​ə-​tē, ˌā-​lē-​ə-​ How to pronounce alienable (audio) \ noun


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