[ in-heer-uhns, -her- ]

  1. the state or fact of inhering or being inherent.

  2. Philosophy. the relation of an attribute to its subject.

Origin of inherence

From the Medieval Latin word inhaerentia, dating back to 1570–80. See inherent, -ence

Other words from inherence

  • non·in·her·ence, noun

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

How to use inherence in a sentence

  • This brings us close to nature, because everywhere the quality is only a power of action regarded as having an abstract inherence.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • Concretion or Co-inherence denotes inseparable or necessary connection, such as that between substance and quality.

  • Let us begin by assuming smallness to be inherent in one: in this case the inherence is either in the whole or in a part.

    Parmenides | Plato
  • While the left side, with its allied Recessive, or Dormant, brain-half is of female inherence.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
  • The new hybrids being male in inherence, nothing is added to the female reproductive, or Vital, potential in them.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy

British Dictionary definitions for inherence



/ (ɪnˈhɪərəns, -ˈhɛr-) /

  1. the state or condition of being inherent

  2. metaphysics the relation of attributes, elements, etc, to the subject of which they are predicated, esp if they are its essential constituents

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