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Definition of "inheritance" []

  • The act of inheriting. (noun)
  • Something inherited or to be inherited. (noun)
  • Something regarded as a heritage: the cultural inheritance of Rome. See Synonyms at heritage. (noun)
  • Biology The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parents to offspring. (noun)
  • Biology A characteristic so inherited. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inheritance" in a sentence
  • "_inheritance_ according to _right and justice_; [76] and for that (p. 097) end there have been diverse treaties, as well here as beyond the sea, to his great costs; nevertheless he hath not, by such requests and treaties, obtained his said inheritance, nor any important part thereof: and since the King, neither by the revenues of his realm, nor by any previous grant of subsidy, hath had enough wherewith to pursue"
  • "_great mystery_: for _less_ than an estate of inheritance so _great_ a prince _could_ not have, and an _absolute estate of inheritance_ in so"
  • "Our inheritance is turned over to aliens, our houses to strangers."