[ huh-red-i-tuh-buhl ]


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

Other words from hereditable

  • he·red·i·ta·bil·i·ty, noun
  • he·red·i·ta·bly, adverb
  • non·he·red·i·ta·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·he·red·i·ta·ble, adjective
  • non·he·red·i·ta·bly, adverb

Words Nearby hereditable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hereditable in a sentence

  • Next, we find tribes with both hereditary and "personal totems," but the "personal totems" are never hereditable.

  • We have abundant evidence to show that the personal totem is transmissible and hereditable.

  • Miss Fletcher's theory demands the hereditable character of the individual manitu, and yet it is never inherited.

British Dictionary definitions for hereditable


/ (hɪˈrɛdɪtəbəl) /

  1. a less common word for heritable

Derived forms of hereditable

  • hereditability, noun
  • hereditably, adverb

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