Simple Definition of inherent
: belonging to the basic nature of someone or something
Examples of inherent in a sentence
It is one more proof that our world has lost the kind of exquisite sensibility displayed by John Milton when he came up with his definition of poetry. He first wrote “simple, sensual, and passionate,” but he was bothered by the grossness inherent in “sensual,” and so he invented the word “sensuous.” —Florence King, National Review, 24 Sept. 2007
There were those who trusted the innate goodness of humanity, and those who believed in its inherent crookedness. —Terry Eagleton, Harper's, March 2005
The problem … is inherent and perennial in any democracy, but it has been more severe in ours during the past quarter-century because of the near universal denigration of government, politics and politicians. —Michael Kinsley, Time, 29 Oct. 2001
He has an inherent sense of fair play.
<an inherent concept of justice>
Did You Know?
Inherent literally refers to something that is "stuck in" something else so firmly that they can't be separated. A plan may have an inherent flaw that will cause it to fail; a person may have inherent virtues that everyone admires. Since the flaw and the virtues can't be removed, the plan may simply have to be thrown out and the person will remain virtuous forever.
Origin and Etymology of inherent
Latin inhaerent-, inhaerens, present participle of inhaerēre (see inhere)
First Known Use: 1581
INHERENT Defined for Kids
Definition of inherent for Students
: belonging to or being a part of the nature of a person or thing <She has an inherent sense of fairness.>
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