inalienable

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

Definition of inalienable

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

inalienability

play \(ˌ)i-ˌnāl-yə-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnā-lē-ə-nə-\ noun

inalienably

play \(ˌ)i-ˈnāl-yə-nə-blē, -ˈnā-lē-ə-nə-\ adverb

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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


INALIENABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inalienable

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adjective

Definition of inalienable for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to take away or give up


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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