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 Virtual reality holds an inherent promise to allow users to transcend physical space, to see — and potentially touch — who and what’s not really there in front of them. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "You could use a hug. Here are some safe options," 23 June 2020 But despite their label, these tools can still overstep the inherent limitations of flesh and bone. Kelsey D. Atherton, Scientific American, "What “Less Lethal” Weapons Actually Do," 23 June 2020 At a forum for Black entrepreneurs hosted by Bloomberg, Seibel said that there was an inherent responsibility for a site of Reddit’s scale to maintain certain standards. Eric Newcomer, Fortune, "Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its editors are in open revolt," 20 June 2020 Fundamentally, the Eurogroup was a stopgap, a way of papering over the cracks inherent in a monetary union without fiscal transfers. The Economist, "Charlemagne How a dining club briefly took over the EU," 20 June 2020 Wildman says the controversy has already taken a toll on the local community while at the same time unmasking its inherent flaws. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "After its initial manic success, Dallas film company Cinestate now faces a major controversy," 18 June 2020 That inherent distancing is allowing Dollywood to operate at slightly over 40 percent capacity right now, which is more than other, larger parks. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020 Its analysis, however, is premature and highlights many of the flaws inherent in today’s value assessment models. Patricia Deverka, STAT, "Covid-19 and remdesivir: rethinking how we measure a drug’s ‘value’," 15 June 2020 The structure speaks to the value of communal work inherent in Jewish life, Rosenzweig said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee faith leaders reconsider every element of the religious experience as they make plans to reopen facilities," 15 June 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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27 Jun 2020

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“Inherent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherent. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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