hereditary definition

  • adjective:
    • legislation Descending from an ancestor to a legal heir; driving straight down by inheritance.
    • Law Having subject or possession through inheritance.
    • sent or with the capacity of being sent genetically from moms and dad to offspring: a hereditary condition.
    • Appearing in or attribute of consecutive generations.
    • produced from or fostered by an individual's ancestors: a hereditary bias.
    • Ancestral; old-fashioned: their genetic house. See Synonyms at natural.
    • Of or regarding heredity or inheritance.
    • which is offered as inheritance, by last might or intestate
    • legally given to someone's descendant from then on person's demise.
    • holding a legally hereditary name or rank
    • passed from a parent to offspring when you look at the genetics
    • Descended, or with the capacity of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or driving by inheritance, or that has to pass by inheritance.
    • Transmitted, or effective at being transmitted, as a constitutional quality or condition from a parent to a kid.
    • happening among members of a family generally by heredity
    • inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually appropriate guidelines) of lineage
  • noun:
    • A hereditary ruler; a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
  • others:
    • in-law: Descending by inheritance; transmitted or transmissible into the type of descent by force of law; moving to or held by an heir or heirs: since, a hereditary monarchy, company, or estate; hereditary privileges; hereditary bondage.
    • Holding by inheritance; deriving from forefathers by power of law, as ranking, social problem, or home: because, a hereditary peer, manager, or bondman.
    • regarding or caused by successive generation; transmitted in a line of progeny; passing obviously from parent to offspring: as, hereditary descent; a hereditary line; hereditary features, qualities, or conditions.
    • Native; patrimonial; ancestral: as, one's hereditary residence or profession; a hereditary opinion or bias.
    • functioning from natal tendency or endowment; having passed down the type or qualifications of; being by force of birth: as, the Bachs were hereditary musicians; the Rothschilds tend to be hereditary financiers.

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