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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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Although the prescriptions and the doctrine of the Ancien Regime give no precision about the affiliations of the furniture to the Crown domain, the civil court judge of Blois noted in 1800 that "it has never been doubtful, in the former French monarchy, that the principles of inalienability and imprescriptibility of the Crown's domain applied to chattels and to the land; that if the former prescriptions, especially that of 1556, concern only land, one cannot conclude that chatties are affected by inalienability and imprescriptibility".
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See Kent McNeil, "Self-Government and the Inalienability of Aboriginal Title" (2002) 47:3 McGill LJ 473 [McNeil, "Inalienability"].
She mediates a gift between men, which intertwines her in the obligation, the relationship-defining reciprocity, and the inalienability of the exchange.
The former cluster includes both processes or rules designed to reduce the value or threat of data (such as imposing inalienability or requiring de-identification) and requirements that place formal limitations on data collection such as prohibitions on the collection of certain data such as genetic information or contextual rules that, say, prohibit the collection or retention of any data other than that necessary for the transaction in question.
Some rights, despite being inalienable in form and nature, lose their inalienability on breach of a corresponding duty.
178) A similar point is made by Rousseau in the Social Contract where, in dealing with the inalienability and indivisibility of sovereignty, he warns against the "lack of precision," of which he also accuses Grotius, that derives "from having taken what were mere emanations from this [sovereign] authority for the parts of this authority itself.
The concept of Whiteness as property suggests that Whiteness, an absolute with a certain level of inalienability, carries values to those who possess it (Harris, 1995).
140-41; Stephan Kinsella, "A Libertarian Theory of Contract: Title Transfer, Binding Promises, and Inalienability," 17 J.
The grammar of inalienability on body part terms and the part-whole relations (pp.
Rights advocates said this contradicted the inalienability of human rights.
In any event, I was dismayed to find that Alvis never questions Hawthorne's faith in "natural rights" and their supposed inalienability, if only because, as philosopher Donald Livingston has argued, the universality of such rights requires that they can be known by reason alone, "independent of any inherited moral tradition.