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inherent

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adjective in·her·ent \in-ˈhir-ənt, -ˈher-\

Simple Definition of inherent

  • : belonging to the basic nature of someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inherent

  1. :  involved in the constitution or essential character of something :  belonging by nature or habit :  intrinsic <risks inherent in the venture>

inherently

adverb

Examples of inherent in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. There were those who trusted the innate goodness of humanity, and those who believed in its inherent crookedness. —Terry Eagleton, Harper's, March 2005

  3. 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

  4. He has an inherent sense of fair play.

  5. <an inherent concept of justice>



Origin and Etymology of inherent

Latin inhaerent-, inhaerens, present participle of inhaerēre (see inhere)


First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with inherent


INHERENT Defined for Kids

inherent

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adjective in·her·ent \in-ˈhir-ənt, -ˈher-\

Definition of inherent for Students

  1. :  belonging to or being a part of the nature of a person or thing <She has an inherent sense of fairness.>

inherently

adverb



Medical Dictionary

inherent

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adjective in·her·ent \in-ˈhir-ənt, in-ˈher-\

Medical Definition of inherent

  1. :  involved in the constitution or essential character of something :  belonging by nature <the skin's inherent elasticity—Kathleen C. Engles>

inherently

adverb




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