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[in-heer-uh ns, -her-]
  1. the state or fact of inhering or being inherent.
  2. Philosophy. the relation of an attribute to its subject.
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Origin of inherence

From the Medieval Latin word inhaerentia, dating back to 1570–80. See inherent, -ence
Related formsnon·in·her·ence, noun
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Historical Examples of inherence

  • Tell me, then, what is that of which the inherence will render the body alive?



  • The solution of this problem is similar to that of inherence.

  • The Vegetative organism, being the agency of Life, is female in origin and inherence.

  • The first problem to be solved in metaphysics is the problem of inherence, or the thing with its characteristics.

  • Hence the mind perceives their necessary connection with inherence, or with being supported.

British Dictionary definitions for inherence



  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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Word Origin and History for inherence


1570s, from Medieval Latin inhaerentia, from inhaerentem (see inherent). Related: Inherency (c.1600).

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