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[in-her-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl/
capable of being inherited.
capable of inheriting; qualified to inherit.
Origin of inheritable
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see in-2, heritable
Related forms
inheritability, inheritableness, noun
inheritably, adverb
noninheritability, noun
noninheritable, adjective
noninheritableness, noun
uninheritability, noun
uninheritable, adjective
Can be confused
heritable, hereditary, inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inheritable
Historical Examples
  • In the one case the swarthiness would be inheritable, in the other not.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • There you know is a good constitution in an inheritable form.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But among psychic characters one finds that practically all are inheritable.

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • It was out of the question, therefore, that Mr. Wallace should categorically deny that their effects were inheritable.

  • She turned her face away, and looked over that part of the inheritable world which met her gaze.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • The few prints of his that are known have a grace of line that might well be a son's heritage, if such things were inheritable.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • Moreover, I find among physicians the belief that nervous disorders of a less severe kind are inheritable.

  • He might die the very day after celebrating the espousals, and then—not even the ducal robes were inheritable.

  • Dominance varies quantitatively and the degree of dominance is inheritable.

  • Not only is potency variable, but its variations seem, in some cases, to be inheritable.

British Dictionary definitions for inheritable


capable of being transmitted by heredity from one generation to a later one
capable of being inherited
(rare) capable of inheriting; having the right to inherit
Derived Forms
inheritability, inheritableness, noun
inheritably, adverb
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inheritable in Medicine

inheritable in·her·it·a·ble (ĭn-hěr'ĭ-tə-bəl)
Capable of being inherited.

in·her'it·a·bil'i·ty n.
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