inherent

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

Definition of inherent

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

inherently

adverb

Examples of inherent in a Sentence

  1. 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 KingNational Review24 Sept. 2007
  2. There were those who trusted the innate goodness of humanity, and those who believed in its inherent crookedness. —Terry EagletonHarper'sMarch 2005
  3. 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 KinsleyTime29 Oct. 2001
  4. He has an inherent sense of fair play.

  5. an inherent concept of justice

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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.

Origin and Etymology of inherent

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


INHERENT Defined for English Language Learners

inherent

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Definition of inherent for English Language Learners

  • : belonging to the basic nature of someone or something


INHERENT Defined for Kids

inherent

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

Definition of inherent for Students

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

inherently

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Medical Dictionary

inherent

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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

inherently

adverb


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