in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio) , -ˈhe-rə- \

Definition of inheritable

1 : capable of being inherited : transmissible an inheritable title
2 : capable of taking by inheritance the eldest son is inheritable to the crown

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inheritability \ in-​ˌher-​ə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inheritable (audio) , -​ˌhe-​rə-​ \ noun
inheritableness \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inheritable (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun

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eye color is an inheritable trait
Recent Examples on the Web For Whittington, some Designer Babies might have been engineered to avoid inheritable disease or as a prophylactic to future illnesses, like HIV or cancer. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 Yet bioethicists point out that inheritable-gene editing raises large questions, given the dire consequences of an error, as well as the ethical questions that arise at the prospect of erasing disability from human existence. Katie Hafner, Star Tribune, 30 July 2020 The clustering of behaviors by breed suggests a genetic, and thus inheritable, component to anxiety, as is the case in humans, Lohi tells Science. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2020 And that this kind of treatment was designed to be inheritable, and presumably perpetual in nature. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 19 June 2020 Though an Australian study released last year found inbreeding may put thoroughbreds at greater risk of inheritable health problems, at least two Ph. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 26 Dec. 2019 Poverty, unfortunately, is an inheritable condition. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2019 The assets in such savings accounts would be inheritable, unlike the benefits from current U.S. social programs. Chris Edwards, National Review, 19 Aug. 2019 Those characteristics must be inheritable — that is, passed on with some fidelity from generation to generation. Quanta Magazine, 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of inheritable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inheritable

Middle English enheritable, inheritable "having right of inheritance, capable of being inherited," borrowed from Anglo-French enheritable, from enheriter "to give (a person) right of inheritance, inherit" + -able -able

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in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio) \

Medical Definition of inheritable

: capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring genetically

Other Words from inheritable

inheritability \ -​ˌher-​ət-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce inheritable (audio) \ noun, plural inheritabilities


in·​her·​it·​able | \ in-ˈher-i-tə-bəl How to pronounce inheritable (audio) \

Legal Definition of inheritable

1 : capable of being inherited
2 : capable of taking by inheritance

Other Words from inheritable

inheritability \ in-​ˌher-​i-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inheritable (audio) \ noun
inheritableness noun


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