- passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes: Blue eyes are hereditary in our family.Compare congenital.
- of or relating to inheritance or heredity: a hereditary title.
- existing by reason of feeling, opinions, or prejudices held by predecessors: a hereditary enemy.
- descending by inheritance.
- transmitted or transmissible in the line of descent by force of law.
- holding title, rights, etc., by inheritance: a hereditary proprietor.
- (of a collection of sets) signifying that each subset of a set in the collection is itself a set in the collection.
- of or relating to a mathematical property, as containing a greatest integer, applicable to every subset of a set that has the property.
Origin of hereditary
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1, 2. See innate. 3. ancestral, traditional.
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Examples from the Web for nonhereditary
Bannock chieftainship was nonhereditary and was assigned by general agreement to a man noted for wisdom and courage.Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society
Robert F. Murphy
- of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another
- descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance
- transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent
- derived from one's ancestors; traditionalhereditary feuds
- maths logic
- (of a set) containing all those elements which have a given relation to any element of the set
- (of a property) transferred by the given relation, so that if x has the property P and xRy, then y also has the property P
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Word Origin and History for nonhereditary
early 15c., hereditarie, from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas (see heredity).
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- Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.
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- Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.
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