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hereditary

Definition of hereditary

Pronunciation

Etymology

    From Latin hereditarius, from hereditas 'inheritance', from heres 'heir'

Adjective

hereditary (comparative more hereditary, superlative most hereditary)

  1. which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate
  2. (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.

  3. (of a person) holding a legally hereditary title or rank

    hereditary rulers

  4. (of a disease or trait) passed from a parent to offspring in the genes

    Haemophilia is hereditary in his family.

Derived terms

  • hereditariness
  • hereditarily
  • hereditary disease
  • hereditary peer

Related terms

See also

References:

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