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verb (used without object), in·hered, in·her·ing.
  1. to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent: the advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
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Origin of inhere

1580–90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
Related formspre·in·here, verb (used without object), pre·in·hered, pre·in·her·ing.
Can be confusedinhere inure
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Examples from the Web for inhering

Historical Examples

  • Here we consider rights as inhering in an individual in virtue of his membership in society.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • Do they by attaching to the soul and inhering in her at last bring her to death, and so separate her from the body?

  • It was the democratic principle carried to its utmost length, and yet the notion of an inhering law was quite as strongly held.

    Noah Webster

    Horace E. Scudder

  • Great and small are presented by the sense as inhering in the same object.

British Dictionary definitions for inhering


  1. (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick
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Word Origin and History for inhering



1580s, "to exist, have being," from Latin inhaerere "to stick in or to" (see inherent). Figurative (immaterial) use attested by 1610s (also in Latin). Related: Inhered; inhering.

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