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hereditary

adjective

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genetically passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring
  • Eye and hair color are hereditary.
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innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, hereditary mean not acquired after birth. innate applies to qualities or characteristics that are part of one's inner essential nature.
    • an innate sense of fair play
inborn suggests a quality or tendency either actually present at birth or so marked and deep-seated as to seem so.
    • her inborn love of nature
inbred suggests something either acquired from parents by heredity or so deeply rooted and ingrained as to seem acquired in that way.
    • inbred political loyalties
congenital and hereditary refer to what is acquired before or at birth, the former to things acquired during fetal development and the latter to things transmitted from one's ancestors.
    • a congenital heart murmur
    • eye color is hereditary

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