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Used especially of rights: an inalienable right is one that cannot be abridged or suspended or even (more stringently and often controversially) signed away voluntarily. The right to possession of one's limbs, or the right to life, or the right not to be owned by another, are candidates, but not the right to things that make potentially unlimited demands on others, like the right to holidays or freedom from disease or want.

Subjects: Philosophy — International Law.

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