[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. 2018

Examples from the Web for hereditable

Historical Examples of hereditable

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for hereditable


  1. a less common word for heritable
Derived Formshereditability, nounhereditably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hereditable

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

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