inheritance[in her′i təns]
- The definition of inheritance is something passed down from your parents to you, or the act of receiving something passed down from your parents.
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 amp; 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.