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Inheritance

Inheritance Meaning & Definition
Inheritance Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Inheritance?

[n] hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
[n] any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"
[n] (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
[n] that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

Synonyms | Synonyms for Inheritance: hereditary pattern | heritage | heritage | heritage

Related Terms | Find terms related to Inheritance: allele | allelomorph | Altmann theory | attested copy | bequeathal | bequest | birth | birthright | borough-English | character | chromatid | chromatin | chromosome | codicil | coheirship | coparcenary | De Vries theory | determinant | determiner | devise | diathesis | DNA | endowment | entail | eugenics | factor | Galtonian theory | gavelkind | gene | genesiology | genetic code | genetics | heirloom | heirship | hereditability | hereditament | heredity | heritability | heritable | heritage | heritance | inborn capacity | incorporeal hereditament | inheritability | law of succession | legacy | line of succession | matrocliny | Mendelianism | Mendelism | mode of succession | patrimony | patrocliny | pharmacogenetics | postremogeniture | primogeniture | probate | property | recessive character | replication | reversion | RNA | succession | testament | ultimogeniture | Verworn theory | Weismann theory | Weismannism | Wiesner theory | will

See Also | accretion | acquisition | ancestry | attribute | background | bequest | birthright | birthright | borough English | derivation | devise | filiation | gene linkage | genetic endowment | heirloom | heredity | legacy | lineage | linkage | patrimony | primogeniture | transferred possession | transferred property | upbringing | X-linked dominant inheritance | X-linked recessive inheritance

Inheritance In Webster's Dictionary

\In*her"it*ance\, n. [Cf. OF. enheritance.] 1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities. 2. That which is or may be inherited; that which is derived by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a possession which passes by descent. When the man dies, let the inheritance Descend unto the daughter. --Shak. 3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away. --1 Pet. i. 4. 4. Possession; ownership; acquisition. ``The inheritance of their loves.'' --Shak. To you th' inheritance belongs by right Of brother's praise; to you eke ?longs his love. --Spenser. 5. (Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation. 6. (Law) A perpetual or continuing right which a man and his heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to an heir in course of law. --Blackstone. Note: The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined to the title to land and tenements by a descent. --Mozley & W. Men are not proprietors of what they have, merely for themselves; their children have a title to part of it which comes to be wholly theirs when death has put an end to their parents' use of it; and this we call inheritance. --Locke.

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