- 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.
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Much of this unwritten Constitution had deep roots in hereditary political powers of kings and noblemen.The Story Behind the Declaration of Independence's Most Memorable Line|Akhil Reed Amar|May 7, 2021|Time
He didn’t want to go through that again, and he didn’t want to subject his children to it in case the bad reaction was hereditary.Smallpox ‘virus squads’ and the mandatory vaccinations upheld by the Supreme Court|Gillian Brockell|April 1, 2021|Washington Post
Some are questioning whether the institution can possibly survive the fallout of this interview—that claims of racism at the highest levels of the family will hasten the replacement of the monarchy with a non-hereditary head of state.Meghan and Harry’s Interview Won’t End the Monarchy. But a Reckoning Is Coming|Dan Stewart|March 9, 2021|Time
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
Some naive types might say that this indicates an enormous hereditary factor as an explanation of successful coin-flipping.
After 33 years of working in a factory, Nowlin had developed a hereditary eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa.
The public ceremony unveiling the wife of the newly anointed hereditary dictator of North Korea was anything but traditional.North Korea IDs Mystery Woman as Kim Jong-Un’s Wife—But Who Is She, Really?|Nate Thayer|July 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hereditary legislation in the twentieth century and the most civilized country in the world!Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Membership in the Virginia Council was considered a position of the greatest prestige and was almost an hereditary position.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Being the hereditary Datto, the inhabitants of the valley generally sympathized with him, at least passively.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
This the chapel owes to the residence of the royal family, whose passion and talent for music are hereditary.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
No family history of epilepsy, insanity, nervous or other hereditary disorders in 59 per cent.A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy|Alexander Hughes Bennett
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
Derived forms of hereditaryhereditarily, adverbhereditariness, noun
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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.