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

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Recent Examples on the Web Murray goes on to say in the ensuing chapter that the nation’s soul is bound up in the founding ideals that affirm we are all created equal, with certain unalienable rights. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 Along with property rights, religious liberty is the cornerstone of our unalienable rights. Michael R. Pompeo, National Review, 23 June 2021 America’s founding document states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 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, 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, 29 Oct. 2020 Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. John Mccormack, National Review, 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, 21 Aug. 2020 Equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law anchor these unalienable rights. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2020

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unalienable

: impossible to take away or give up : inalienable


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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