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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That cannot be transferred to another or others: inalienable rights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of being alienated or transferred to another; that cannot or should not be transferred or given up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
  • adj. not subject to forfeiture

Etymologies

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

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