One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of rights) not subject to being taken away by prescription or by lapse of time.‘inalienable and imprescriptible rights’
inviolable, absolute, sacrosanct, unchallengeable, unassailableView synonyms
- ‘The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man.’
- ‘Liberty of the press, argued Erskine, is an imprescriptible natural right, given by God.’
- ‘What I can get by force I get by force, and what I do not get by force I have no right to, nor do I give myself airs, or consolation, with my imprescriptible right.’
- ‘The Constitution recognises the family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law.’
- ‘Though, under French legislation, war crimes could not be tried more than twenty years after their perpetration, a law of 1964 ruled that crimes against humanity were imprescriptible and could be tried without time limit.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin imprescriptibilis, from in- ‘not’ + Latin praescript- (from praescribere ‘prescribe’).
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