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[in-heer-uh nt, -her-]
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  1. existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering: an inherent distrust of strangers.
  2. Grammar. standing before a noun.
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Origin of inherent

1570–80; < Latin inhaerent- (stem of inhaerēns), present participle of inhaerēre to inhere; see -ent
Related formsin·her·ent·ly, adverbnon·in·her·ent, adjectivenon·in·her·ent·ly, adverbun·in·her·ent, adjectiveun·in·her·ent·ly, adverb


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1. innate, native, inbred, ingrained. See essential.
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  • Let us now examine what may be described as the inherent characteristics of the people.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • He must believe in life and in the inherent goodness of the earth.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Is immortality a divine gift or an inherent property of the soul?

  • Such irregularities are inherent in the Byzantine methods of building.

  • In all things there is an inherent corruption; and if this cannot destroy them, nothing else will.

British Dictionary definitions for inherent


  1. existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
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Derived Formsinherently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inherent


1570s, from Latin inhaerentem (nominative inhaerens), present participle of inhaerere "be closely connected with," literally "adhere to," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Inherently.

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inherent in Medicine


(ĭn-hîrənt, -hĕr-)
  1. Occurring as a natural part or consequence.
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