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inheritance

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noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ə-tən(t)s, -ˈhe-rə-\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inheritance

  1. 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. 2 :  something that is or may be inherited

  3. 3 a :  tradition b :  a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature

  4. 4 obsolete :  possession

Examples of inheritance in a sentence

  1. She began her own business with the inheritance she got from her grandfather.

  2. He left sizable inheritances to his children.

  3. The buildings are part of the city's architectural inheritance.

  4. the inheritance of an estate

  5. the inheritance of a genetic trait



14th Century

First Known Use of inheritance

14th century

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INHERITANCE Defined for Kids

inheritance

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noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ə-təns\

Definition of inheritance for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of getting by legal right from a person at his or her death or through heredity

  2. 2 :  something gotten by legal right from a person at his or her death




Medical Dictionary

inheritance

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noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ət-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of inheritance

  1. 1:  the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring

  2. 2:  all of the genetic characters or qualities transmitted from parent to offspring—compare genotype 2, phenotype




Law Dictionary

inheritance

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noun in·her·i·tance \in-ˈher-ə-təns\

Legal Definition of inheritance

  1. 1 :  the act of inheriting: as a :  the acquisition of real or personal property under the laws of intestacy or sometimes by will b :  the succession upon the death of an owner either by will or by operation of law to all the estate, rights, and liabilities of the decedent

  2. 2a :  something that is or may be inherited b :  something to which one is entitled as heir <increasing the son's potential inheritance under [the] will — Lesnick v. Lesnick, 577 So. 2d 856 (1991)>





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