[ in-heer ]
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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.

Origin of inhere

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre “to stick”

Other words from inhere

  • pre·in·here, verb (used without object), pre·in·hered, pre·in·her·ing.

Words that may be confused with inhere

Words Nearby inhere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inhere in a sentence

  • The position of the words gives them an importance that does not inhere in the words themselves.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • If it inhere in essences, or if it be an accident, as health is an accident of man, it must be something individual (like health).

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • Now why should unity not inhere in the object as well as greatness and magnitude, sweetness and bitterness, and other qualities?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • As to the fourth category, relation, absolutely no887 reality whatever will inhere in it.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • God created atoms without magnitude or quality, and he likewise created qualities to inhere in groups of atoms.

British Dictionary definitions for inhere


/ (ɪnˈhɪə) /

  1. (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)

Origin of inhere

C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick

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