One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of rights) unable to be taken away by prescription or by lapse of time.
inviolable, absolute, sacrosanct, unchallengeable, unassailableView synonyms
- ‘Liberty of the press, argued Erskine, is an imprescriptible natural right, given by God.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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