from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being inalienable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being inalienable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being inalienable.
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Still, I think it's worth keeping in mind the role that "inalienability" plays in the Lockean theory.
(Here, too, "inalienability" concerns may kick in -- even if the party is fully aware he is signing away his life income, or his kidney, or life, say, this may not be enforceable for inalienability concerns -- see, on this, the contract article noted above, plus my article
Its founder, Eamon de Valera, in his inaugural address to his new party in 1926, spoke of "the inalienability of national sovereignty" as being fundamental to its beliefs.
In 2002, prominent religious-right lawyer Mathew Staver wrote, "Although religion is the sole category within the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that does not share the exact pattern of the immutable physical characteristics, the characteristic of immutability or inalienability is deeply rooted in the founding of the country and became part of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution."
The inalienability of our right to life is not a right to be safely housed and fed, as Romney does not simply imply, but actually says outright.
It is Natural Law, divined by God and discoverable by reason, that prescribes the inalienability of the most fundamental and eternal human rightsrights that are not conferred on man by man and, therefore, cannot legitimately be denied to man by man.
Professor Michael Risch, in his upcoming paper titled "Patent Challenges and Royalty Inflation," examines this phenomenon and finds that the inalienability of patent challenge rights creates a "patent challenge tax":
This inalienability of patent challenge rights comes at a cost, a cost borne by many patent licensees and their downstream customers.
In point of fact, my own understanding is that the inalienability of self-ownership is the primary principle of libertarian rights theory, and that any alienable natural property rights which we may have derive from the inalienability of self-ownership.
Human rights are not inalienable but they are hard to lose (for a stronger view of inalienability, see Donnelly 2003: 10).