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It is one of our inalienable rights.
Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  not separable — i.e., not capable of being taken, given, or otherwise transferred away
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inalienable alienable inalienability alienability inalienably
Although inalienable is more commonly used today, the U.S. Declaration of Independence used the word/spelling unalienable.

Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, inalienable means not alienable; though inalienable is seen much more commonly than alienable.
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  • It is one of our inalienable rights.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident!" she shouted, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • At a time when immigrants such as Oscar were referred to as "illegal aliens," Goins taught his students that the Declaration of Independence enshrined all people—not just American citizens—with "unalienable Rights."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • His whole body danced and shook, and the class deferred to his assumption of an inalienable right to the microphone.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton  --  Declaration of Sentiments
  • All this enmity and passion had Pearl inherited, by inalienable right, out of Hester’s heart.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • A joyous feeling of freedom—that complete inalienable freedom natural to man which he had first experienced at the first halt outside Moscow—filled Pierre’s soul during his convalescence.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Take for example the well-known passage from the Declaration of Independence: 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • When we said that men are "endowed with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," we did not pause to define "happiness."
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • We come from God, we live by God, we belong to God: we are His, inalienably His.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • There was one other object in the garden which Nature might fairly claim as her inalienable property, in spite of whatever man could do to render it his own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • We will rebuild America’s system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man’s life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of; but had every acre been alienable, it would have made no difference.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • She was aggrieved and wounded that the possession of hopeless love from Gabriel, which she had grown to regard as her inalienable right for life, should have been withdrawn just at his own pleasure in this way.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • This inalienable habit of saving, as an end in itself, belonged to the industrious men of business of a former generation, who made their fortunes slowly, almost as the tracking of the fox belongs to the harrier,—it constituted them a "race," which is nearly lost in these days of rapid money-getting, when lavishness comes close on the back of want.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The actress spoke about suffering children, about the barbarity of Communist dictatorship, the human right to security, the current threat to the traditional values of civilized society, the inalienable freedom of the human individual, and President Carter, who was deeply sorrowed by the events in Cambodia.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …and Traddstanding with their arms raised in gestures of support for me, caught the eyes of Commerce and Abigail, saluted the General, saw the Bear and Edward the Great, noticed Pearce sitting in a crowd of plebes, heard Cain Gilbreath call my name in the first row of the stands, waved to the boys in R Company, and felt inalienable gratitude to this sport—this sport that had allowed me to become the showman, permitted the shy boy to strut and mug and preen for the approval of the crowd.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • This guarantees the inalienable right to say, think, and believe anything whatsoever.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • These were the inalienable rights of the immigrant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • All elective functions are inalienable until their term is expired.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • She sensed again that indefinable brother-like quality, so fine, so almost invisible, which seemed to be an inalienable trait in these wild cowboys.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • It is the faith that we are all equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • He has gained a footing in a sphere above that which he filled in civil life, and he has acquired rights which most democratic nations will ever consider as inalienable.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It was compiled during the depression by the best writers in America, who were, if that is possible, more depressed than any other group while maintaining their inalienable instinct for eating.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Man had an inalienable right to make knowledgeable judgments about good and evil, about truth and the sham of lies, and woe to anyone who dared confound his fellowman’s belief in that creative right.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Just as Theresa had found a way to an affair, and Helen a way to her split-level, Ralph had found his way to Grover; and as Theresa and Helen had been changed for the finding, so had Ralph, in inalienable ways.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • For Adam, though you see him quite master of himself, working hard and delighting in his work after his inborn inalienable nature, had not outlived his sorrow—had not felt it slip from him as a temporary burden, and leave him the same man again.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • By every civilized and peaceful method we must strive for the rights which the world accords to men, clinging unwaveringly to those great words which the sons of the Fathers would fain forget: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • When they would thrust at, or parry, the noses of his champing horses, making them swing their heads and move their feet, disturbing a solid dreamy repose, he swore at the men as fools, for he himself could perceive that Providence had caused it clearly to be written, that he and his team had the unalienable right to stand in the proper path of the sun chariot, and if they so minded, obstruct its mission or take a wheel off.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Ah, yes, the ’unalienable rights.’
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • But besides this they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In a ringing preamble, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document declared it "self-evident" that "all men are created equal," and were endowed with the "unalienable" rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He also said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • But these words were left intact: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Father Ignatius performed the offices of the church, in a little chapel attached to the estate of Don Augustin; and long ere the sun had begun to fall, Middleton pressed the blushing and timid young Creole to his bosom, his acknowledged and unalienable wife.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The knowledge both of the Poet and the Man of Science is pleasure; but the knowledge of the one cleaves to us as a necessary part of our existence, our natural and unalienable inheritance; the other is a personal and individual acquisition, slow to come to us, and by no habitual and direct sympathy connecting us with our fellow- beings.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • Lefkowitz wrote, "Every human being has an inalienable right to determine what shall be done with his own body.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • "I know no right of chivalry," he said, "more precious or inalienable than that of each free knight to choose his lady-love by his own judgment.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Not All Rights Are Alienable Whensoever a man Transferreth his Right, or Renounceth it; it is either in consideration of some Right reciprocally transferred to himselfe; or for some other good he hopeth for thereby.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But not as written—"Honorable Chairman, in second paragraph, that word ’unalienable,’ is no such word; should be ’inalienable’—and anyhow wouldn’t it be more dignified to say ’sacred rights’ rather than ’inalienable rights’?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • …the growth of completer men than any yet, Of all sloping down there where the fresh free giver the mother, the Mississippi flows, Of mighty inland cities yet unsurvey’d and unsuspected, Of the new and good names, of the modern developments, of inalienable homesteads, Of a free and original life there, of simple diet and clean and sweet blood, Of litheness, majestic faces, clear eyes, and perfect physique there, Of immense spiritual results future years far West, each side of the…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • In the civil service none of the American functionaries can be said to be removable; the places which some of them occupy are inalienable, and the others are chosen for a term which cannot be shortened.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In order to render them independent of the other authorities, their office was made inalienable; and it was determined that their salary, when once fixed, should not be altered by the legislature.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And, besides," he continued, with a fastidious sensibility, inalienably characteristic of the man, "it would not be fit nor beautiful to go!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man’s right is ’unalienable’?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
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