unalienable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ alienable.

Adjective[edit]

unalienable (comparative more unalienable, superlative most unalienable)

  1. Not alienable.
    • 1776, July 4th, United States Declaration of Independence
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Usage notes[edit]

Generally considered interchangeable with inalienable, even in legal settings. In the past occasionally distinguished but not specifically contrasted with inalienable; see inalienable: usage notes for details.

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