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

Definition of unalienable

: impossible to take away or give up : inalienable 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.United States Declaration of Independence … it's hard to say whether the partisan noise could influence an election, or whether it's New York simply exercising its unalienable right to be New York.— Audra D. S. Burch

Examples of unalienable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This note was a promise that all men -- yes, black men as well as white men -- would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fox News, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech: Full text," 27 Aug. 2013 True security for the American people comes from a world where other societies enjoy those unalienable rights and freedoms that animated our founding principles and permeate our social-political fabric. Kelly E. Currie, National Review, "Women, Peace, and Security: This Is How We Win," 29 Oct. 2020 Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. John Mccormack, National Review, "Three Reasons the Democratic Convention Downplayed Abortion," 22 Aug. 2020 Our nation was founded on the promise that all are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stanley: In a year like no other, we commit to better serving all the people of our city and state and improving our own staff diversity," 21 Aug. 2020 Equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law anchor these unalienable rights. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office needs a police misconduct unit," 11 Aug. 2020 Every Californian has an unalienable right to a day at the beach. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom could use some beach time. It’s sad he’s closing Orange County beaches amid coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 Rocketman reveals an unalienable truth: Taron Egerton is a star. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Your Complete Guide To Golden Globe Winner & Rocketman Star Taron Egerton," 5 Jan. 2020 Related: Chilly temperatures don’t stop attendees at The Woodlands Human Rights Walk In 1948, the United Nations designated 30 unalienable rights as basic to all human beings under the advice of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Annual Human Rights Walk returns to Woodlands in December," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unalienable

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Unalienable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unalienable. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unalienable

chiefly US, formal : impossible to take away or give up


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

Legal Definition of unalienable

: not alienable : inalienable

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