GC: adj

S: UNESCO – (last access: 30 October 2012); (last access: 1st September 2014).

N: 1. alienable (adj.): 1610s; see alien (adj.) + -able. Related: Alienability.
unalienable (adj.): 1610s, from un- (1) “not” + alienable. Related: Unalienably.
inalienable (adj.): 1640s, from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + alienable (see alienate). Related: Inalienably; Inalienability.
2. An interest in property is alienable if it may be conveyed by one individual to another individual. In general, and by common law, private property is alienable. The classical restraint on alienation was the fee tail, which required its owner to pass the property (usually land) to his heirs. A more familiar restraint is that on human organs.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 2 September 2014). 2. (last access: 1st September 2014).


ANT: inalienable

S: (last access: 1st September 2014)

CR: alienage, alienation.