[ her-i-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.

  2. capable of inheriting.

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Origin of heritable

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French, equivalent to herit(er) “to inherit” + -able (see -able); see heir, heredity

Other words from heritable

  • her·it·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • her·it·a·bly, adverb
  • non·her·it·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·her·it·a·ble, adjective
  • non·her·it·a·bly, adverb
  • un·her·it·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for heritable


/ (ˈhɛrɪtəbəl) /

  1. capable of being inherited; inheritable

  2. mainly law capable of inheriting

Origin of heritable

C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit

Derived forms of heritable

  • heritability, noun
  • heritably, adverb

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Scientific definitions for heritable


[ hĕrĭ-tə-bəl ]

  1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next through the genes.

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