[in-heer-uhnt, -her-]


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.

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

Synonyms for inherent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inherently

Contemporary Examples of inherently

Historical Examples of inherently

  • And the partnership was so inherently right that within a month it was as if it had been always.

    Nightmare Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • It is deceitful, fraudulent, inherently unworthy of trust and belief.

  • They are enterprising and industrious and their mode of thought is not inherently immoral.

    Indian Home Rule

    M. K. Gandhi

  • Now, why have they failed to work, and wherein are they inherently wrong and unscientific?

    Perpetual Motion

    Percy Verance

  • Was man then inherently depraved and prone to evil continually?

    Natural Man

    Arthur B. Moss

British Dictionary definitions for inherently



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



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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inherently in Medicine


[ĭn-hîrənt, -hĕr-]


Occurring as a natural part or consequence.
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