inherent

adjective
in·​her·​ent | \in-'her-ənt also -ˈhir- \

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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While tens of thousands of people likely really use it, the kind of password data that researchers have access to comes with some inherent biases. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why So Many People Make Their Password 'Dragon'," 22 Apr. 2018 In the pros, teams have fewer inherent competitive advantages and don’t rely on branding to sell their organizations to recruits. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "For Michigan, MSU, feeling like a winner can mean throwing some dirt," 1 Mar. 2018 Herein lies the struggle for the soul of America, the inherent conflict between policy and poetry; between the national interest and the national narrative. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "However polarized our politics seem, America has made it through worse," 3 July 2018 The memorial openly confronts this inherent conflict. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom," 12 June 2018 That points to the inherent conflict between the entertainment businesses’ prevailing tendency to produce endless iterations of a successful franchise, and the restraint required to actually tell a good story. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game of Thrones," 9 June 2018 Also, there is inherent value to real-time audience reach and the knowledge that viewers are collectively experiencing the same thing at the same time. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fb.gg is Facebook’s game streaming hub for stealing Fortnite streamers away from Twitch," 7 June 2018 The land itself, like many of the hills just beyond the Allies’ main line of resistance, had no inherent tactical value. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Joseph Clemons Jr., hero of Pork Chop Hill, dies at 90," 22 May 2018 The screen paintings, set into windows, are vernacular works of art that showcase both place and creative vision, reminding of the inherent creative value in functional objects. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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inherent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inherent

: belonging to the basic nature of someone or something

inherent

adjective
in·​her·​ent | \in-ˈhir-ənt, -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, in-ˈher- \

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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