- 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
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|Dane Huckelbridge|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This son has begun thrumming the strings of hereditary determinism, and is finding them holding taut.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams|Chris Wallace|March 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After 33 years of working in a factory, Nowlin had developed a hereditary eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa.
There are three types of CJD, including a hereditary version of the disease which accounts for roughly 10 percent of all cases.
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|Tom Sykes|March 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Kittens are not hereditary in the family of fowls, and she knew it.
The officials and artisans were hereditary, and hereditary officials are almost invariably inefficient and untrustworthy.India Under British Rule|James Talboys Wheeler
The Montfort star was still in the ascendant, and even the hereditary dominions of Joan of Penthièvre were assailed.The History of England|T.F. Tout
I always thought there were hereditary moments in your family.The Quest|Frederik van Eeden
The consequences of the restoration of hereditary monarchy in France were not long to await.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for hereditary
- descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance
- transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent
- (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).
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Culture definitions for hereditary
A descriptive term for conditions capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring through the genes. The term hereditary is applied to diseases such as hemophilia and characteristics such as the tendency toward baldness that pass from parents to children.