Simple Definition of inheritance
: money, property, etc., that is received from someone when that person dies
: something from the past that is still important or valuable
: the act of inheriting something
Full Definition of inheritance
1 a : the act of inheriting property b : the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring c : the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
2 : something that is or may be inherited
3 a : tradition b : a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature
4 obsolete : possession
Examples of inheritance
She began her own business with the inheritance she got from her grandfather.
He left sizable inheritances to his children.
The buildings are part of the city's architectural inheritance.
the inheritance of an estate
the inheritance of a genetic trait
First Known Use of inheritance
INHERITANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of inheritance
1 : the act of getting by legal right from a person at his or her death or through heredity
2 : something gotten by legal right from a person at his or her death
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