inalienable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inalienable incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights"
    • adj inalienable not subject to forfeiture "an unforfeitable right"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Inalienable Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another; not alienable; as, in inalienable birthright.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inalienable Incapable of being alienated or transferred to another; that cannot or should not be transferred or given up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inalienable in-āl′yen-a-bl not capable of being transferred
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Quotations

  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.”
  • Constance Rourke
    Constance Rourke
    “In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + alienable,: cf. F. inaliénable,

Usage

In literature:

The right of private judgment is the inalienable inheritance of Protestants.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
It is plain from the 37th chapter of the 4th Book, that Irenaeus also views everything as ultimately dependent on man's inalienable freedom.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
How, then, can the enemies of this measure be bare-faced enough to assert that it is disregarding their inalienable rights?
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
It was not only un-Masterly but illegal; estates were all entailed and the inalienable property of Masterly families.
"A Slave is a Slave" by Henry Beam Piper
Our intention is to protect the inalienable rights of all victims.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
For the same reason that sovereignty is inalienable, it is indivisible.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
She was one of the founders of the Lucy Stone League, stern advocates of the inalienable individuality of woman.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
This property belongs rightfully and inalienably to the nation itself.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Jimmy also explained his idea about the apprentices, the compulsory so much per cent., the inalienable deposit paid in by the Pas and Mas ...
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Virginia was especially drawn toward him by reason of his inalienable politeness and his well-chosen words.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
The Empress, exercising the inalienable right of sovereign womanhood, had changed her mind.
"Lewis and Clark" by William R. Lighton
What describes fact appeals to us for that reason; it has an inalienable interest.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
Independent of time, place, or circumstance, I said: Intrinsic, Inalienable.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Round and about this lonely and inalienable will it makes a scorched and blackened plain of ashes and cinders.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Originally it would seem that the land was divided among the families of the clan by lot and was inalienable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
Now, in the hour of greatest danger, the people claimed its own inalienable right in the State.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
She had the inalienable right to obey the bigger claim, if such it proved to be.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Among those who espoused the cause of inalienable rights at an early period was Edward Middleton the great grandfather of the younger Arthur.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Middle-aged decay was their inalienable right.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Can you be always depended inalienable right of on?
"The Modern Ku Klux Klan" by Henry Peck Fry
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In poetry:

``But unto you, as unto all my line,
Or strong or weak, resounding or obscure,
I pledge the gifts inalienably mine,
Gifts that content and pleasures that endure:
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Or as a couch of stone,
Whereon, by moonlight, in a marble room,
Some fevered king reposes all alone—
So is the hope of sleep,
The inalienable surety of the tomb.
"Antepast" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Iran Says It Has ' Inalienable Right' to Enrich Uranium.
Iran is declaring that it has an " inalienable right" to enrich uranium, reasserting a stand that is rejected by world powers and may prevent a deal to resolve Western suspicions it seeks to build nuclear weapons.
Your Inalienable Right This Emotional Life.
Pope says universal health care an " inalienable right".
So when did licentiousness become an inalienable right.
It's right there in the Constitution, somewhere between the inalienable right to jaywalk and the freedom to double-park.
Apparently, when the topic turns to people born outside the United States, all that stuff about expanding pies and inalienable rights goes out the windows.
The Declaration's logic lends itself equally well, however, to condemning governments that jeopardize our inalienable rights through sins of omission.
But he explores his constitutional skepticism in depth in his forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, On Constitutional Disobedience, part of the publisher's big-picture Inalienable Rights series of constitutional critiques.
Iran Says It Has 'Inalienable Right' to Enrich Uranium.
Iran is declaring that it has an "inalienable right" to enrich uranium, reasserting a stand that is rejected by world powers and may prevent a deal to resolve Western suspicions it seeks to build nuclear weapons.
Tehran's Jalili calls enrichment at any level "an inalienable right".
Ignore the fact that it's occasionally a verb (you can right wrongs) and sometimes a noun (you have certain inalienable rights ).
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In science:

Such difference lies in the timbre (or color) of each instrument, which imparts to the tonal image its special and inalienable character.3 For a composer to write idiomatically for an instrument, it means to function musically within its limitations—perhaps even to transmute these into fresh sources of beauty.
Music in Terms of Science
This inalienable feature of any RG scheme in SM theory was bypassed in as follows.
Asymptotic freedom in inflationary cosmology with a non-minimally coupled Higgs field
This difference is interpreted in as an inalienable theoretical ambiguity of the quantization scheme.
Asymptotic freedom in inflationary cosmology with a non-minimally coupled Higgs field
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