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 Even now, when women’s stories are told, it’s often because of their positions as wives or mothers of the famous (as the enduring popularity of first-lady biographies demonstrates) rather than for the inherent value of their own lives. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 Throughout, Glassley builds a case for the necessity of wild places, both as respite from the noise and clutter of modern life and for their inherent values. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientific method meets 'A Wilder Time,’ in tales drawn from Greenland’s ice sheet," 30 Nov. 2019 This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has been very progressive in allowing players and other constituents a platform to speak out on issues. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Could a tweet sink the NBA’s business relationships in China? It’s complicated," 7 Oct. 2019 Wings and burgers have become such an integral part of American cuisine that many would argue for their inherent value, rather than see them as acquired tastes by virtue of their abundance. Liz Specht, WIRED, "Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies," 19 Aug. 2019 For a perfect reminder of the inherent value of betting on A-list talent regardless of complicating factors, look no further than Kawhi Leonard’s remarkable bounce-back season with the Raptors. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "How Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury affects his future and the NBA landscape," 11 June 2019 For a perfect reminder of the inherent value of betting on A-list talent regardless of complicating factors, look no further than Kawhi Leonard's remarkable bounce-back season with the Raptors. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "How Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury affects his future and the NBA landscape," 11 June 2019 Thorson adds that the inherent discomfort associated with protesting can easily trigger unhealed emotional wounds. Aimee Groth, Quartz at Work, "Extinction Rebellion is using holacracy to scale its international movement," 29 Dec. 2019 The movie has a clear and symbolically resonant dramatic arc, and there’s an inherent pleasure to its being constructed almost entirely of production numbers. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cats” Could Have Been a Contender," 27 Dec. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Inherent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherent?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=inher01m. Accessed 22 January 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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