Inheritance definitions

ĭn-hĕr'ĭ-təns
The action of inheriting.
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Something inherited or to be inherited; legacy; bequest.
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Ownership by virtue of birthright; right to inherit.
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Anything received as if by inheritance from a predecessor.
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Any characteristic passed on by heredity.
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Something regarded as a heritage.

The cultural inheritance of Rome.

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Property received via bequest or intestate succession.
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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.

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Something regarded as a heritage.

The cultural inheritance of Rome.

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The process by which traits or characteristics pass from parents to offspring through the genes.
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The act of receiving such property.
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The money or property that is received from a deceased person’s estate through his or her will.
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The passing of title to an estate upon death.
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(countable) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
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(computing) In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
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The action of inheriting something.

The inheritance of property from a relative.

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Something inherited or to be inherited.

Her inheritance included a large estate.

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The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parent or ancestor to offspring.
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A characteristic so inherited.
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The sum of genetically transmitted characteristics.
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The action of inheriting something.

The inheritance of property from a relative.

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Something inherited or to be inherited.

The inheritance included a large estate.

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The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parent or ancestor to offspring.
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A characteristic so inherited.
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The sum of genetically transmitted characteristics.
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In object technology, the ability of one class of objects to inherit properties from a higher class.
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(biology) The hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to their offspring.
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Origin of inheritance

Recorded since 1473, from to inherit, itself from Old French enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from Late Latin inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from Latin in- "in" + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (gen. heredis) "heir".