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Thursday, June 27

Unalienable

[/ˌənˈālēənəbəl/]

Part of speech: adjective

1.

Unable to be taken away

2.

Inherent

Examples of Unalienable in a sentence

"According to the Declaration of Independence, certain rights—namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—are unalienable."

"In a fit of rage, he said his right to party was unalienable."

About Unalienable

On this most patriotic of days, remind yourself not only of an underused word but a curious one as well. Dating back to the early 17th century and most famously used in America's founding document, "unalienable" evokes the Enlightenment-era ideals that remain easy to be romantic about as the country nears its 250th birthday.

Did you Know?

"Inalienable" is now the preferred term, but "unalienable" lives on due to its prominent placement in the Declaration of Independence. Today, the two words can be used interchangeably, with "inalienable" taking a more modern distinction.

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