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

Don't Get Stuck on the Meaning of Inherent

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 To balance his superior’s order with the study’s inherent risk, the commission came up with a novel solution: the first informed consent contract. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Human Challenge Trials," 16 Dec. 2020 There are certain elements to longshore work that pose an inherent risk for workers, most acutely their daily hiring events, where workers bid for a job on one of the ships coming into port that day. New York Times, "‘Very High Risk’: Longshoremen Want Protection From the Virus So They Can Stay on the Job," 12 Dec. 2020 Huser’s accident is a painful reminder of the inherent risk of all mountain sports—a risk that is perhaps obscured by the more flamboyantly dangerous activities like BASE jumping or extreme skiing. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Trail Runner Andrea Huser Dies After Fall in the Alps," 3 Dec. 2020 During a Fox News interview Trump described affectionate family members of slain soldiers pressing close to him and the inherent risk such close contact poses during a viral pandemic. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 That’s no swipe at the Belgians—only an inherent risk of joining two electric systems. Andrew Blum, Popular Science, "To hit renewables targets, countries are sharing energy across borders," 8 Sep. 2020 In documenting sad events with the same care as joyful ones, families can emphasize the love inherent in a loss. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Minnesota photographers offer comfort through funeral and remembrance photography," 18 Dec. 2020 Kindness is not a random act but a full-time commitment – a respect for others and their inherent dignity. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 20)," 17 Dec. 2020 As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2021," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Inherent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherent. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for inherent

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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