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Not subject to sale or transfer; inseparable.

That which is inalienable cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one individual to another. The personal rights to life and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States are inalienable. Similarly, various types of property are inalienable, such as rivers, streams, and highways.


adjective incapable of being conveyed, incapable of being sold, incapable of being transferred, nontransferable, not able to be conveyed, quod abalienari non potest, secured by law, unable to be bought, unable to be disposed of, unforfeitable, untouchable
Associated concepts: inalienable lands, inalienable rights
See also: absolute, conclusive, indefeasible, rightful, unalienable

INALIENABLE. This word is applied to those things, the property of which cannot be lawfully transferred from one person to another. Public highways and rivers are of this kind; there are also many rights which are inalienable, as the rights of liberty, or of speech.

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He thanked the committee chair, Fode Seck, and its members who have "worked tirelessly to help realize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people -- including their right to self-determination.
He pointed to the removal of "oppressive sanctions" as an inalienable right of the Iranian nation, and said, "You should have no doubt that Iran will become triumphant and Iran will be better off next year.
The UAE President also demanded that the UN take adequate, necessary measures to provide protection for the Palestinian people, exercise pressure on Israel to halt its frequent violations and dangerous aggression against the Palestinian people and ensure the international legal accountability of Israel in order to ensure that the Palestinian people enjoy their inalienable rights on their homeland.
Iran will not give up or compromise its inalienable right to use nuclear energy, fuel cycle and enrichment," Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh said at a press conference on the sidelines of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.
You can surrender, sell, or transfer inalienable rights by your consent, either actually or constructively.
Here follows the full text of His Majesty's message:Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and KinThe Honourable Paul Badji,Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,Ladies and Gentlemen,On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, it gives me great pleasure to say how much I appreciate your untiring efforts and those of the esteemed Committee members to defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, especially their right to establish an Independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Bahrain says that the international community should build on the Goldstone Report documenting the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians to adopt more effective stances in favour of their inalienable rights.
We do not insist on presenting better arguments in recognition of the inalienable rights to human liberty that our totalitarian opponents deny.
Chester tried to articulate, our founding fathers adopted the ancient Anglo-Saxon beliefs that all mankind was created equal, that all mankind was endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that the only purpose of government was to secure those God-given inalienable rights.
Attempts are being made to organize the life of society on the basis of subjective and ephemeral desires alone, with no reference to objective, prior truths such as the dignity of each human being and his inalienable rights and duties, which every social group is called to serve.
It is also the only approach consistent with our inalienable rights of self-ownership.
He linked intelligent design to the Declaration of Independence, which mentions a "Creator" and said, "Our inalienable rights are based on the self-evident truth of those endowed inalienable rights.