- (rare) The property of being hereditary.
Variant of hereditary
- of, or passed down by, inheritance from an ancestor to a legal heir; ancestral
- having title, right, etc. by inheritance
- of, or passed down by, heredity; designating or of a characteristic transmitted genetically from generation to generation
- being such because of attitudes, beliefs, etc. passed down through generations: hereditary allies
Origin of hereditaryClassical Latin hereditarius ; from hereditas: see heredity