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

Definition of inhere

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 "inhere" is actually the older word. It first appeared in print in the 15th century, while "inherent" didn't show up until the late 16th century. Both 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 Great utility still inheres in the oceans if it is understood in light of what soon may come. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 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, "Preserving the Art of Play," 22 Feb. 2017 So is the cult of personality that inheres in the presidency, augmented by Trump’s celebrity. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump Is the GOP Mainstream," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of inhere

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inhere

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

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“Inhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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