in·​here in-ˈhir How to pronounce inhere (audio)
inhered; inhering

intransitive verb

: to be inherent
does selfishness inhere in each of us?

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You're probably familiar with inherent, the adjective meaning "part of the constitution or natural character of something," but were you aware of its less common relative inhere? This verb looks like it could be a back-formation of inherent (a back-formation is a word created by removing a prefix or suffix from an existing word), but usage evidence of the two words makes it difficult to tell for sure. Both inhere and inherent date to the late 16th century and are derived from the Latin verb inhaerēre ("to inhere"), which was itself formed by combining in- with haerēre, a verb meaning "to adhere."

Examples of inhere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The palpable satisfaction of butter making would inhere at any moment. Alexandra Kleeman, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2020 Great utility still inheres in the oceans if it is understood in light of what soon may come. Mark Helprin, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 Methodologically speaking, though, the gap between these two more basic strategies may speak to a fundamental paradox that inheres in archival projects more generally. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, 22 Feb. 2017 So is the cult of personality that inheres in the presidency, augmented by Trump’s celebrity. Rich Lowry, National Review, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History


Middle English enheren to be a companion, belong, from Latin inhaerēre to be attached, from in- + haerēre to adhere

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhere was in 1586


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“Inhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​here in-ˈhi(ə)r How to pronounce inhere (audio)
inhered; inhering
: to be inherent : belong

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