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What are inalienable rights?

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The definition of "unalienable rights," is those rights that cannot be surrendered, sold or transferred to someone else - the government, for example, or another person. Some people refer to these as "natural" or "God-given" rights (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). Certain unalienable rights, such as a Social Security number, however, are "unalienable" only because the law prohibits reassigning your number to someone else.

In contrast, "inalienable rights" are those rights that can only be transferred with the consent of the person possessing those rights.

The Declaration of Independence talks about "unalienable rights."

I depends on how you define "rights". Webster has it as "something to which one has a just claim" or "the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled" or "something one may claim as properly due". This doesn't mean that you always possess this "something" or "privilege", it just means that there are certain things that you have a just claim to, or to which you are justly entitled or that you may claim as properly due. These aren't unalienable realities, but rather rights.

Others, including governments may violate your God-given rights, by violating the Creator's rules, but that doesn't take away the appropriateness of your claim to it. Violating your rights, doesn't remove your rights. It prevents you from exercising your rights. You still have certain rights, the founders would claim, given to you by your Creator.

[Some people confuse] "rights" with "realities". Perhaps due to an absence in that ethic of an absolute "rightness". If that ethical view is accepted, then the word "right" as an abstract thing to which you are entitled, is truly nonsense. Then truly,in such an ethic, no one ever has any cause to complain when they are inconvenienced, slapped or killed. For that matter, why would anything matter at all on any level.

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Consider the term 'alien' as in " illegal aliens". Inalienable rights will therefore mean those rights which a person has and which cannot be made foreign to him or her as per any legal provisions in place or which may be laid down by society, in future.

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rights that cannot be taken away from you you are entitled to them as a us citizen

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What is Basic Freedom?

The Inalienable Rights; That all men are created equally...(Preamble and Bill of Rights) Freedom of; Religion, Press, Speech, Assembly, & The right to petition the government.


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The inalienable rights. "Shall not be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process."


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The theory of social contract as viewed by John Locke was invoked into the Declaration of Independence. He believed in inalienable natural rights and that the rule of God supersedes government authority.


Why do you have rights?

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Whose fundamental concepts of inalienable rights formed the basis of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

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How can inalienable be used in a sentence?

Inalienable definition: Not able to be transferred to another; not alienable.The inalienable rights of the citizen.


What are some synonyms for inalienable rights?

There are no "symptoms " of inalienable rights. It isn't a disease, but the rights listed by Enlightenment thinkers as those given by God.


What is a sentence with inalienable?

Inalienable means incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred. Thus a sentence using inalienable could be: "Their rights were inalienable and therefore could not be surrendered"


Who did Thomas Jefferson base his unalienable rights to?

John Locke influenced Thomas Jefferson about inalienable rights.


Rights held to be inherent in natural law are called?

Naturel Rights


What is the term for the rights that all people should have?

inalienable (cannot be transferred to another or others) or unalienable rights (Not to be separated, given away, or taken away; inalienable)


Who did the Americans believe was preventing their natural rights?

The British ... and they call it there inalienable rights ...


Life liberty and pursuit of happiness are considered what types of rights?

our inalienable rights


What is created to protect inalienable rights?

people created government to protect our rights


Which term describes rights that are based on nature and providence?

Natural and inalienable rights.


What is the suffix meaning of unalienable?

Inalienable; as, unalienable rights.


Are you obliged to obey the laws which are evidently violations of your inalienable rights?

Yes, you must obey the laws. If you feel that the laws violate your inalienable rights, then you have the right to be heard in a court of law.