- to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent: the advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
Origin of inhere
1580–90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
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Examples from the Web for inhere
There is no escaping the good and ill, the pleasure and pain, which inhere in it.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The latter have no existence independent of the substance in which they inhere.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
As, however, this is impossible, it can not inhere in anything other than itself.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2
But this is an empirical notion and cannot be said to inhere in the mind itself.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
It must, therefore, inhere in the conception of significance.
- (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)
C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick
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Word Origin and History for inhere
1580s, "to exist, have being," from Latin inhaerere "to stick in or to" (see inherent). Figurative (immaterial) use attested by 1610s (also in Latin). Related: Inhered; inhering.
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