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Before any of those festivities got underway, hundreds gathered at Worthy Park (adjacent to Huntington Beach High School) to exercise their inalienable rights.
The majority should never be able to deprive the minority of their inalienable rights.
As advocates have been arguing for decades, anyone else's opinions about other people's inalienable rights don't matter.
To ride the train home without being assaulted because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs, is an inalienable right.
A day of remembrance and appreciation for ALL who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our inalienable rights #
Life is the first inalienable right, a natural right listed in our Declaration of Independence.
Hong Kong’s Basic Law that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China.
Ask, in this case: Does the individual have the inalienable right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness absolutely, without responsibility for the rest of society?
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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 and Etymology of inalienable
probably from French inaliénable, from in- + aliénable alienable
First Known Use: circa 1645See Words from the same year
INALIENABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inalienable for English Language Learners
: impossible to take away or give up
INALIENABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of inalienable for Students
: impossible to take away or give up Our citizens have certain inalienable rights.
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