Definition of hereditary
- The disease is hereditary.
- a hereditary feud
- hereditary wealth
- hereditary nobility
- hereditary enemies
He suffers from a rare hereditary condition.
eye and hair color are hereditary
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: passed or able to be passed from parent to child before birth
: passing from a person who has died to that person's child or younger relative
: holding a position or title that was passed on from your parent or an older relative
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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