- to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent: the advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
Origin of inhere
1580–90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
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Examples from the Web for inhering
Here we consider rights as inhering in an individual in virtue of his membership in society.Ethics
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?The Republic
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.
- (intr foll by in) to be an inseparable part (of)
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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