Something that is yours forever, that can’t be taken away and given to your little brother instead? That something would be called inalienable. The word refers to a natural right that cannot be revoked by an outside force.

The word inalienable is often linked to human rights — you’ve probably heard the term “inalienable rights.” In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson (using the un- variant) wrote that all men are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" including "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The spelling may vary but the meaning is clear: an inalienable right is something that can’t be given or taken away by a government or another legal power.

Definitions of inalienable
  1. adjective
    incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
    synonyms: unalienable
    absolute, infrangible, inviolable
    not capable of being violated or infringed
    cannot be bought or sold
    nontransferable, unassignable, untransferable
    incapable of being transferred
    intrinsic, intrinsical
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
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    transferable to another owner
    that can be appropriated
    assignable, conveyable, negotiable, transferable, transferrable
    legally transferable to the ownership of another
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  2. adjective
    not subject to forfeiture
    synonyms: unforfeitable
    not liable to being annulled or voided or undone
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