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See also: inaliénable
inalienable (not comparable)
- Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable.
- An inalienable right is a right that cannot be given away
- 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 1, page 252:
- "Know thy own worth, and reverence the lyre," is a line that should be as a fillet bound round the brow—a philactory embroidered on the garments of every son and daughter of Adam distinguished by the possession of that sacred gift, which, whether used or abused, applauded in itself or derided in its possessor, is the highest and the most inalienable distinction humanity ever has or ever can be gifted with, whether bestowed on the highest or the humblest being, in the great mass to which we all belong.
- (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.
- (incapable of being alienated): alienable
incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable
grammar: of a noun class belonging to a special class
inalienable (plural inalienables)