existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering: an inherent distrust of strangers.
Grammar. standing before a noun.
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- in·her·ent·ly, adverb
- non·in·her·ent, adjective
- un·in·her·ent, adjective
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How to use inherent in a sentence
There is an inherent loneliness to such an existence, even with its burgeoning population.
The stench of colonialism has saturated each of its participants, and the honor inherent within their names must be revoked.Inside the Movement to Abolish Colonialist Bird Names | Nathalie Alonso | February 12, 2021 | Outside Online
These limitations are inherent in data analyses of this kind and were not unique to this project.How We Found Pricey Provisions in New Jersey Police Contracts | by Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica, and Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
There is competitiveness inherent in the map that we will fight for.Republicans worry their big tent will mean big problems in 2022 elections | Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
There’s this inherent challenge, especially for this first tier of folks who are not as tech-savvy and have trouble doing things very quickly.For younger generation, securing vaccine appointments for parents can be ‘full-time job’ | Travis Andrews | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
BEST ACTOR Joaquin Phoenix, inherent Vice There is no better actor—right now—than Joaquin Phoenix.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in inherent Vice, The Hunger Games, and a massive superhero film, all the rage.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom | Marlow Stern | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So too does inherent Vice, which is something like a love letter written in pot smoke to the Gold Coast.
Despite the inherent risk, the president decided the mission was crucial.
We nerds, especially, with our inherent distrust of social situations, love to make “the press” the enemy of our heroes.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech | Arthur Chu | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She must be freed through the progress of Liberal ideas in France and Germany—not by her own inherent energies.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
This fear of the invisible world, so inherent in simple natures, has been implanted for a wise purpose.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
She knew she possessed them, because they were inherent, inseparable with her being.
Religion is, therefore, not political in origin; it is an inherent part of existence.
Meanwhile it was this foolish habit—nothing more—that undermined the inherent firmness of his nature.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for inherent
existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
- inherently, adverb
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