Meaning of imprescriptible in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪmprɪˈskrɪptɪb(ə)l/


  • (of rights) not subject to being taken away by prescription or by lapse of time.

    ‘inalienable and imprescriptible rights’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liberty of the press, argued Erskine, is an imprescriptible natural right, given by God.’
    inviolable, absolute, sacrosanct, unchallengeable, unassailable


Late 16th century from medieval Latin imprescriptibilis, from in- ‘not’ + Latin praescript- (from praescribere ‘prescribe’).