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inherent

[in-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/
adjective
1.
existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering:
an inherent distrust of strangers.
2.
Grammar. standing before a noun.
Origin of inherent
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin inhaerent- (stem of inhaerēns), present participle of inhaerēre to inhere; see -ent
Related forms
inherently, adverb
noninherent, adjective
noninherently, adverb
uninherent, adjective
uninherently, adverb
Synonyms
1. innate, native, inbred, ingrained. See essential.
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Examples from the Web for inherent
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  • 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 L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Is immortality a divine gift or an inherent property of the soul?

  • 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 Plato
British Dictionary definitions for inherent

inherent

/ɪnˈhɪərənt; -ˈhɛr-/
adjective
1.
existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
Derived Forms
inherently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inherent
adj.

1570s, from Latin inhaerentem (nominative inhaerens), present participle of inhaerere "be closely connected with," literally "adhere to," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Inherently.

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inherent in Medicine

inherent in·her·ent (ĭn-hēr'ənt, -hěr'-)
adj.
Occurring as a natural part or consequence.

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