Definition of hereditary
From Latin hereditarius, from hereditas 'inheritance', from heres 'heir'
hereditary (comparative more hereditary, superlative most hereditary)
- which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate
- (of a title, honor or right) legally granted to somebody's descendant after that person's death.
Duke is a hereditary title which was created in Norman times.
- (of a person) holding a legally hereditary title or rank
- (of a disease or trait) passed from a parent to offspring in the genes
Haemophilia is hereditary in his family.
- hereditary disease
- hereditary peer
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