Hereditary meaning

hə-rĕdĭ-tĕrē
The definition of hereditary refers to something inherited through the family or passed down through the family.

When you get a medical condition passed down from your mother, this is an example of a hereditary medical condition.

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Being such because of attitudes, beliefs, etc. passed down through generations.

Hereditary allies.

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(of a title, honor or right) Legally granted to somebody's descendant after that person's death.

Duke is a hereditary title which was created in Norman times.

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(of a person) Holding a legally hereditary title or rank.

Hereditary rulers.

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(of a disease or trait) Passed from a parent to offspring in the genes.

Haemophilia is hereditary in his family.

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A hereditary ruler; a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
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Of, or passed down by, heredity; designating or of a characteristic transmitted genetically from generation to generation.
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Relating to heredity or inheritance.
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Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.

A hereditary disease.

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Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.
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Which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate.
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Origin of hereditary

  • Middle English from Latin hērēditārius from hērēditās inheritance heredity

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin hereditarius, from hereditas 'inheritance', from heres 'heir'

    From Wiktionary