[huh-red-i-tuh-buh l]


Origin of hereditable

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin hērēdit(āre) to inherit, derivative of Latin hērēd- (stem of hērēs) heir + Middle French -able -able
Related formshe·red·i·ta·bil·i·ty, nounhe·red·i·ta·bly, adverbnon·he·red·i·ta·bil·i·ty, nounnon·he·red·i·ta·ble, adjectivenon·he·red·i·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hereditability

Historical Examples of hereditability

  • We should propose, then, to introduce a distinction between the hereditability of deviation and that of character.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

British Dictionary definitions for hereditability



a less common word for heritable
Derived Formshereditability, nounhereditably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hereditability



mid-15c.; see heredity + -able. Related: Hereditability.

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