[in-heer-uh nt, -her-]
- existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering: an inherent distrust of strangers.
- Grammar. standing before a noun.
Origin of inherent
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1. innate, native, inbred, ingrained. See essential.
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Examples from the Web for inherent
BEST ACTOR Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice There is no better actor—right now—than Joaquin Phoenix.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games, and a massive superhero film, all the rage.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
So too does Inherent Vice, which is something like a love letter written in pot smoke to the Gold Coast.Paul Thomas Anderson: The West Coast’s Scorsese
December 13, 2014
Despite the inherent risk, the president decided the mission was crucial.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
December 6, 2014
We nerds, especially, with our inherent distrust of social situations, love to make “the press” the enemy of our heroes.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech
November 25, 2014
Let us now examine what may be described as the inherent characteristics of the people.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He must believe in life and in the inherent goodness of the earth.Mountain Meditations
Is immortality a divine gift or an inherent property of the soul?Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Such irregularities are inherent in the Byzantine methods of building.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
In all things there is an inherent corruption; and if this cannot destroy them, nothing else will.The Republic
- existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
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Word Origin and History for inherent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Occurring as a natural part or consequence.
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