- 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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Examples from the Web for hereditary
That surely was the sentiment of more than a few of the hereditary distillers in bourbon country.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
This son has begun thrumming the strings of hereditary determinism, and is finding them holding taut.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
After 33 years of working in a factory, Nowlin had developed a hereditary eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa.Powerball Winners on Being Filthy Rich
November 27, 2012
There are three types of CJD, including a hereditary version of the disease which accounts for roughly 10 percent of all cases.10 Shocking Facts About Mad Cow Disease
April 25, 2012
Weary as Kate may be of the unrelenting focus on her womb, the fuss is entirely predictable in a hereditary monarchy.Is Kate Middleton Pregnant? Unusual Betting Patterns Trigger Fresh Speculation
March 26, 2012
(your race shall be banished from its hereditary abode), 2886; acc.Beowulf
But his love for the hereditary soil was not as simple as that of his companions.Ramuntcho
I would be born to no hereditary prejudices, no hereditary passions.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
This often acts even in cases where alcohol has aroused a hereditary taint.The Sexual Question
I repeat to you that all hereditary cases are to be found there.Doctor Pascal
- 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
Word Origin and History for hereditary
early 15c., hereditarie, from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas (see heredity).
- Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.
- Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.