inherent

adjective
in·​her·​ent | \ in-ˈher-ənt How to pronounce inherent (audio) also -ˈhir- How to pronounce inherent (audio) \

Definition of inherent

: involved in the constitution or essential character of something : belonging by nature or habit : intrinsic risks inherent in the venture

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Other Words from inherent

inherently adverb

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Inherent literally refers to something that is "stuck in" something else so firmly that they can't be separated. A plan may have an inherent flaw that will cause it to fail; a person may have inherent virtues that everyone admires. Since the flaw and the virtues can't be removed, the plan may simply have to be thrown out and the person will remain virtuous forever.

Examples of inherent in a Sentence

It is one more proof that our world has lost the kind of exquisite sensibility displayed by John Milton when he came up with his definition of poetry. He first wrote "simple, sensual, and passionate," but he was bothered by the grossness inherent in "sensual," and so he invented the word "sensuous." — Florence King, National Review, 24 Sept. 2007 There were those who trusted the innate goodness of humanity, and those who believed in its inherent crookedness. — Terry Eagleton, Harper's, March 2005 The problem … is inherent and perennial in any democracy, but it has been more severe in ours during the past quarter-century because of the near universal denigration of government, politics and politicians. — Michael Kinsley, Time, 29 Oct. 2001 He has an inherent sense of fair play. an inherent concept of justice
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Recent Examples on the Web But in this week-to-week cycle that captures the appeal of the nation’s most popular sport, overreactions are as inherent to the equation as head-scratching rulings from the NFL replay command center. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Don't be foolish — writing off Tom Brady and Patriots would be same old mistake," 4 Dec. 2019 Baker said, remarking on both the snow and on the risks and rewards inherent to commercial hemp growing. chicagotribune.com, "Despite risks, Wisconsin hemp industry taking root," 11 Nov. 2019 But the uncertainty inherent to my field also cautions me against closing the door on optimism prematurely. Ilana Yurkiewicz, Smithsonian, "The Possibilities and Risks of Genetically Altering Immune Cells to Fight Cancer," 26 Oct. 2019 The main problem is the sound leakage inherent to the on-ear design. Wired, "New Beats Solo Pro Headphones Add On-Ear Noise Canceling," 15 Oct. 2019 Tartaglino’s death has also served as a reminder of the serious dangers inherent to their sport. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "Sailing community mourns death of trailblazer Sandra Tartaglino," 12 Aug. 2019 And from this position, and building on the supernatural intrigue already inherent to the play, Golden Glitch builds a riveting adventure game. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Elsinore Smartly Reimagines Hamlet with Ophelia as the Hero," 8 Aug. 2019 But even as the city prepared to fete its 24-year-old champion, the deaths of Dadashev and Santillán offered cold reminders of the stakes inherent to a brutal sport. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "On eve of Gervonta Davis’ fight in Baltimore, this week’s boxing deaths offer stark reminder of sport’s risks," 26 July 2019 Part of the reason injury rates are high among Alaska Native people is that there are certain risks inherent to the rural subsistence lifestyle. Anchorage Daily News, "When healing means more than stitching up wounds," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of inherent

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inherent

Latin inhaerent-, inhaerens, present participle of inhaerēre — see inhere

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The first known use of inherent was in 1581

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7 Dec 2019

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“Inherent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherent. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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inherent

adjective
How to pronounce inherent (audio) How to pronounce inherent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inherent

formal : belonging to the basic nature of someone or something

inherent

adjective
in·​her·​ent | \ in-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce inherent (audio) , -ˈher- \

Kids Definition of inherent

: belonging to or being a part of the nature of a person or thing She has an inherent sense of fairness.

Other Words from inherent

inherently adverb

inherent

adjective
in·​her·​ent | \ in-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce inherent (audio) , in-ˈher- How to pronounce inherent (audio) \

Medical Definition of inherent

: involved in the constitution or essential character of something : belonging by nature the skin's inherent elasticity— Kathleen C. Engles

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inherently adverb

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