When your parents leave you their home in their will, this is an example of your inheritance.
- the action of inheriting
- something inherited or to be inherited; legacy; bequest
- ownership by virtue of birthright; right to inherit
- anything received as if by inheritance from a predecessor
- any characteristic passed on by heredity
Origin of inheritanceMiddle English inheritauns from Anglo-French and Old French enheritance
- a. The action of inheriting something: the inheritance of property from a relative.b. Something inherited or to be inherited: Her inheritance included a large estate.
- Something regarded as a heritage: the cultural inheritance of Rome. See Synonyms at heritage.
- Biology a. The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parent or ancestor to offspring.b. A characteristic so inherited.c. The sum of genetically transmitted characteristics.
(countable and uncountable, plural inheritances)
- The passing of title to an estate upon death.
- (countable) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
- (biology) The hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to their offspring.
- (computing) In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
inheritance - Computer Definition
In object technology, the ability of one class of objects to inherit properties from a higher class.
inheritance - Investment & Finance Definition
The money or property that is received from a deceased person’s estate through his or her will.
inheritance - Legal Definition
- Property received via bequest or intestate succession.
- The act of receiving such property.