- 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
1580–90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for inhered
He pointed to the well-accepted medicinal virtues which inhered in gems.Medical Investigation in Seventeenth Century England
Charles W. Bodemer
But the question is to decide whether the light that inhered in them returns to its source, or is annihilated.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2
- (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)
C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick
Word Origin and History for inhered
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper