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verb (used without object), in·hered, in·her·ing.
  1. to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent: the advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
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Origin of inhere

1580–90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
Related formspre·in·here, verb (used without object), pre·in·hered, pre·in·her·ing.
Can be confusedinhere inure
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Related Words for inhere

reside, be, lie, repose, exist, rest, dwell, subsist, abide

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Historical Examples of inhere

  • There is no escaping the good and ill, the pleasure and pain, which inhere in it.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The latter have no existence independent of the substance in which they inhere.

  • As, however, this is impossible, it can not inhere in anything other than itself.

  • But this is an empirical notion and cannot be said to inhere in the mind itself.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • It must, therefore, inhere in the conception of significance.

British Dictionary definitions for inhere


  1. (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)
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Word Origin for inhere

C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inhere


1580s, "to exist, have being," from Latin inhaerere "to stick in or to" (see inherent). Figurative (immaterial) use attested by 1610s (also in Latin). Related: Inhered; inhering.

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