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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So, name one of these people that has any credibility or believability as a witness given their inherent bias. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 Professional shows like Freedom Fair are the best way to enjoy July 4, as even legal fireworks shot off from your home driveway come with inherent dangers. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 Such are the dilemmas inherent in appraising a superhero’s abode. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Luxury Lairs Where Superheroes Feel at Home," 20 June 2018 The difference between a contemporary mixed-media piece of art and, for example, a plein air landscape – besides the obvious – is the inherent connection between the subject and the artist. David Hansen, latimes.com, "Artist Elizabeth Bridy kept trying, finally winning a spot at the Festival of Arts," 19 June 2018 Rachel has an innate spunk, a natural beauty and inherent charm and likability, which is so important for the role of Midge and the audience's willingness and desire to go on her journey. Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, "How to Cast Serial Killers and Wrestlers," 18 June 2018 There’s no doubt NFL talent evaluators have an inherent bias against shorter quarterbacks that goes back decades. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Is UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton the NFL's next Baker Mayfield?," 28 Apr. 2018 Part of the controversy hinges on arcana inherent in the zoning process. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "New Charlotte development plan puts affordable housing and traffic on collision course," 20 Feb. 2018 But some are tantalized by the power and profit that’s inherent in the whole machine that gets created by the celebrity of a chef. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 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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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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