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[eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, ey-lee-uh-] /ˈeɪl yə nə bəl, ˈeɪ li ə-/
adjective, Law.
capable of being sold or transferred.
Origin of alienable
1605-15; alien + -able
Related forms
alienability, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alienable
  • Fee interest means an interest in land that is owned in unrestricted fee status, and is thus freely alienable by the fee owner.
  • Further, a contract for the sale of real estate creates in the purchaser an equitable estate that is alienable by deed.
  • Such interests shall be alienable only in accordance with such regulations as may be adopted by the tribe.
  • Riparian rights are not freely alienable in the case of natural lakes.
British Dictionary definitions for alienable


/ˈeɪljənəbəl; ˈeɪlɪə-/
(law) (of property) transferable to another owner
Derived Forms
alienability, noun
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Word Origin and History for alienable

1610s; see alien (adj.) + -able. Related: Alienability.

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