- (rhetoric, philosophy, of a grammatical modifier, especially an adjective) Negating, denying, or casting doubt on the applicability of its modificand.
- The newspaper never called him "the murderer", always "the alleged murderer", but the alienans adjective didn't help very much: the word "murderer" is all people saw.
- Because a "decoy duck" is not a duck, "decoy" is an alienans adjective.
- In the case of "brown duck", "brown" is not an alienans adjective.
(plural alienantes or alienans)
- (rhetoric, philosophy) An alienans adjective.
From Latin aliēnāns, present active particple of aliēnō (“make something another's”), from aliēnus (“another's, foreign”).