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[in-eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, -ey-lee-uh-] /ɪnˈeɪl yə nə bəl, -ˈeɪ li ə-/
not alienable; not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated:
inalienable rights.
Origin of inalienable
1635-45; in-3 + alienable
Related forms
inalienability, inalienableness, noun
inalienably, adverb
inviolable, absolute, unassailable, inherent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inalienable
  • We are a nation run by laws, enshrined in these laws are inalienable rights.
  • The rights to hold periodic free elections and to participate in them as a citizen are inalienable.
  • And if rights are inalienable, they exist whether the patient is aware of them or not.
  • Caricaturists, whose pen is meaner than the sword, are supposed to believe that cruelty is an inalienable right.
  • An example of inalienable possession would be a piece of paper.
British Dictionary definitions for inalienable


not able to be transferred to another; not alienable: the inalienable rights of the citizen
Derived Forms
inalienability, inalienableness, noun
inalienably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inalienable

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + alienable (see alienate). Related: Inalienably; Inalienability.

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