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

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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 In a world full of ageist attitudes, Lance Oppenheim is turning his lens toward the complexities inherent in stereotypes. Angela Burton, Star Tribune, "Heaven on Earth? Life in the Villages," 24 Feb. 2021 But while market makers like Citadel Securities have benefited handsomely from buying customer trading orders, customer advocates have long warned about the dangers inherent in this model. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Critics say Robinhood more aligned with the wealthy than average investors," 19 Feb. 2021 Now The two women’s acrimonious exits from Google have drawn new attention to the tensions inherent in companies seeking profits from AI also retaining staff to investigate what limits should be placed on the technology. Tom Simonite, Wired, "A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google," 19 Feb. 2021 Tuesday's deadly gunfire at an Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, Minn., stands as a grim reminder of another risk inherent in medical settings -- workplace violence. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | COLUMNIST: A deadly reminder of health field risks," 14 Feb. 2021 There is both irony and triumph inherent in the exhibition. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, "Scarab Club hosts W.E.B. DuBois-inspired art exhibit about Black life in America," 13 Feb. 2021 In September, Knightley told Refinery29 that her latest film, Misbehavior, had forced her to grapple with the contradictions inherent in being a working feminist in Hollywood. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Keira Knightley Is Calling Out “Horrible” Sex Scenes," 25 Jan. 2021 There’s a modularity to Vox Quick Hits’ publishing thesis, suggesting an attempt to reconcile a design tension that’s inherent in the daily news podcast format: offering choice without sacrificing the specificity of each episode experience. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "So, Is Apple Building a Netflix for Podcasts?," 19 Jan. 2021 There are countless painful pleasures inherent in reading Sassy now, seeing all the other futures shimmering optimistically in its pages. New York Times, "My Totally Normal Addiction to Buying Teen Magazines on eBay," 19 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Inherent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherent. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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inherent

adjective

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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