alienage

[eyl-yuh-nij, ey-lee-uh-]
noun
1.
the state of being an alien.
2.
the legal status of an alien.
Also called alienism.


Origin:
1800–10; alien + -age

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alien (ˈeɪljən, ˈeɪlɪən)
 
n
1.  a person owing allegiance to a country other than that in which he lives; foreigner
2.  any being or thing foreign to the environment in which it now exists
3.  (in science fiction) a being from another world, sometimes specifically an extraterrestrial
 
adj (and foll by to)
4.  unnaturalized; foreign
5.  having foreign allegiance: alien territory
6.  unfamiliar; strange: an alien quality in a work of art
7.  repugnant or opposed (to): war is alien to his philosophy
8.  (in science fiction) of or from another world
 
vb
9.  rare (tr) to transfer (property, etc) to another
 
[C14: from Latin aliēnus foreign, from alius other]
 
alienage
 
n

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Example sentences
Alienage is an indispensable element in the process.
The agents must routinely make difficult determinations of alienage, immigration status, and removability.
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