inalienable

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed around 1645 from French inaliénable, from in- +‎ aliénable (alienable).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈneɪ.lɪ.ə.nə.bəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈneɪ.li.ə.nə.bəl/

Adjective[edit]

inalienable (not comparable)

  1. Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable.
    inalienable right a right that cannot be given away
  2. (grammar) 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.

Usage notes[edit]

While inalienable and unalienable are today used interchangeably with inalienable more common, the terms have historically sometimes been distinguished.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “Unalienable” vs. “Inalienable”, Alfred Adask, Adask’s law, July 15, 2009, 3:56 PM