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

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Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice your religion. David French, National Review, "A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider," 16 Feb. 2018 We are endowed with certain unalienable rights and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Fox News, "Jon Voigt: Burt Reynolds, you were a true artist," 10 Sep. 2018 The idea those young men and those old men hated was precisely and literally the idea on which this Republic was founded, the idea that any man may claim his equal manhood in this country, his unalienable right. Burt Solomon, The Atlantic, "Our Back Pages: The Atlantic and Civil Rights," 4 Apr. 2018 The group officially appealed the ruling in September, reasserting their belief that voting is an unalienable right held by all Louisiana citizens, including those on probation and parole. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "6 words could determine the right to vote for over 70,000 Louisiana residents," 31 Oct. 2017 The American idea, Parker declared in an 1850 speech, comprised three elements: that all people are created equal, that all possess unalienable rights, and that all should have the opportunity to develop and enjoy those rights. Yoni Appelbaum, The Atlantic, "Is the American Idea Doomed?," 10 Oct. 2017 The American premise is a theological premise: that all mean are endowed by their Creator — not the state — with certain unalienable rights. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Our 21st-Century Second Amendment," 8 Oct. 2017 In America, a land where people are supposed to be endowed by unalienable rights, police brutality should never be fodder for applause lines and smiles. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Being Accused of Endorsing Police Brutality," 30 July 2017 This country was formed for the people, by the people, to protect our unalienable rights. Jessica Kwong, Orange County Register, "Santa Ana votes to condemn Trump’s executive actions on immigrants, sanctuary cities," 8 Feb. 2017

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circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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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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having a desire to acquire more things

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