- 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.
inheritance definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English inheritauns ; from Anglo-French and amp; Old French enheritance
inheritance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of inheriting.b. Something inherited or to be inherited.
- Something regarded as a heritage: the cultural inheritance of Rome. See Synonyms at heritage.
- Biology a. The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parents to offspring.b. A characteristic so inherited.c. The sum of characteristics genetically transmitted from parents to offspring.
inheritance - Business Definition
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.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
inheritance - Legal Definition
- Property received via bequest or intestate succession.
- The act of receiving such property.
inheritance - Medical Definition
- The process of genetic transmission of traits from parents to offspring.
- A characteristic so inherited.
- The sum of characteristics genetically transmitted from parents to offspring.
inheritance - Science Definition