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[in-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/
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
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
1. innate, native, inbred, ingrained. See essential. Unabridged
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  • And the partnership was so inherently right that within a month it was as if it had been always.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • It is deceitful, fraudulent, inherently unworthy of trust and belief.

  • They are enterprising and industrious and their mode of thought is not inherently immoral.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Now, why have they failed to work, and wherein are they inherently wrong and unscientific?

    Perpetual Motion Percy Verance
  • Was man then inherently depraved and prone to evil continually?

    Natural Man Arthur B. Moss
British Dictionary definitions for inherently


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



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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inherently in Medicine

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

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