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Definition: protected from being removed or taken away

Synonyms: unassailable, inviolable, natural, inherent, basic, sacrosanct, absolute

Antonyms: vulnerable, assailable, unprotected

Tips: In philosophy and morality, the term "inalienable rights" (sometimes unalienable rights) refers to the concept of rights that are completely inseparable from those to whom they belong--the rights are an inherent part of your existence. If you support the idea of inalienable rights, you believe that these are rights which need not be granted by any human authority to exist, but instead are present in all human beings regardless of whether they are explicitly recognized and declared, or not. Inalienable rights are mentioned in 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 unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Usage Examples:

The Constitution guarantees us certain inalienable rights as U.S. citizens. (unassailable, sacrosanct)

The terms of this contract are inalienable. (inviolable, absolute)

The court determined that the right to life is an inalienable right. (absolute, inherent)

Lincoln believed that all humans had the inalienable right of freedom, so he strongly opposed slavery as a disgusting and immoral practice. (inherent, basic, absolute)

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