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[her-i-tuh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.
  2. capable of inheriting.

Origin of heritable

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to herit(er) to inherit + -able -able. See heir, heredity
Related formsher·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounher·it·a·bly, adverbnon·her·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·her·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·her·it·a·bly, adverbun·her·it·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedheritable hereditary inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary)
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Examples from the Web for heritability

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps this heritability was limited to those cases in which the heiress transmitted the de facto headship of her house.

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British Dictionary definitions for heritability


  1. capable of being inherited; inheritable
  2. mainly law capable of inheriting
Derived Formsheritability, nounheritably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit
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Word Origin and History for heritability



early 15c., from Old French héritable (c.1200), from hériter (see heritage). Related: Heritability.

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heritability in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The quality of being heritable.
  2. The proportion of phenotypic variance attributable to variance in genotypes.


([object Object])
  1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
  2. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.
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heritability in Science


  1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next through the genes.
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