noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ə-tən(t)s, -ˈhe-rə-\
: 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
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
a : tradition
b : a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature
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
: the act of getting by legal right from a person at his or her death or through heredity
: something gotten by legal right from a person at his or her death
: the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
: all of the genetic characters or qualities transmitted from parent to offspring—compare genotype 2, phenotype
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