[ in-her-uhnt, -heer- ]
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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

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin inhaerent- (stem of inhaerēns ), present participle of the verbinhaerēre inhere; see -ent

synonym study For inherent

1. See essential.

Other words for inherent

Other words from inherent

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inherent


/ (ɪnˈhɪərənt, -ˈhɛr-) /

  1. existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic

Derived forms of inherent

  • inherently, adverb

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