heritable

[ her-i-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl /

adjective

capable of being inherited; inheritable; hereditary.
capable of inheriting.

Nearby words

  1. hergesheimer, joseph,
  2. hering,
  3. heriot,
  4. herisau,
  5. heritability,
  6. heritage,
  7. heritance,
  8. heritor,
  9. herkimer,
  10. herkimer, nicholas

Origin of heritable

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to herit(er) to inherit + -able -able. See heir, heredity

Related forms
Can be confusedheritable hereditary inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary)

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British Dictionary definitions for heritable

heritable

/ (ˈhɛrɪtəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being inherited; inheritable
mainly law capable of inheriting
Derived Formsheritability, nounheritably, adverb

Word Origin for heritable

C14: from Old French, from heriter to inherit

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Word Origin and History for heritable

heritable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French héritable (c.1200), from hériter (see heritage). Related: Heritability.

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Medicine definitions for heritable

heritable

[ hĕrĭ-tə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.

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Science definitions for heritable

heritable

[ hĕrĭ-tə-bəl ]

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