What does inalienable mean?

Definitions for inalienable
ɪnˈeɪl yə nə bəl, -ˈeɪ li ə-in·alien·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inalienable, unalienable(adj)

    incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another

    "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights"

  2. unforfeitable, inalienable(adj)

    not subject to forfeiture

    "an unforfeitable right"


  1. inalienable(Adjective)

    Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable.

    inalienable right a right that cannot be given away

  2. inalienable(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a noun belonging to a special class in which the possessive construction differs from the norm, especially for particular familial relationships and body parts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inalienable(adj)

    incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable; as, in inalienable birthright

  2. Origin: [Pref. in- not + alienable: cf. F. inalinable.]


  1. InAlienable

    InAlienable is a 2008 science fiction film with horror and comic elements, written and produced by Walter Koenig, and directed by Robert Dyke. It was the first collaboration of Koenig and Dyke since their 1989 production of Moontrap.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inalienable

    in-āl′yen-a-bl, adj. not capable of being transferred.—ns. Inalienabil′ity, Inal′ienableness.—adv. Inal′ienably.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inalienable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inalienable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Germaine Greer:

    Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.

  2. John Ciardi:

    The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

  3. George Jellinek:

    The idea of legally establishing inalienable, inherent and sacred rights of the individual is not of political but religious origin.

  4. Pope Francis:

    Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water because they are denied a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.

  5. Pope Francis:

    Every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.

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