[in-her-i-tuh-buh l]

Origin of inheritable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see in-2, heritable
Related formsin·her·it·a·bil·i·ty, in·her·it·a·ble·ness, nounin·her·it·a·bly, adverbnon·in·her·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·her·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·in·her·it·a·ble·ness, nounun·in·her·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·in·her·it·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedheritable hereditary inheritable (see synonym study at hereditary) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inheritability

Historical Examples of inheritability

  • These are suggestive of the inheritability of many other mental traits not yet studied.

    How to Live

    Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk

  • In general there is more doubt about the inheritability of some of the insanities than about cases of mental deficiency.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer

British Dictionary definitions for inheritability


  1. capable of being transmitted by heredity from one generation to a later one
  2. capable of being inherited
  3. rare capable of inheriting; having the right to inherit
Derived Formsinheritability or inheritableness, nouninheritably, adverb
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inheritability in Medicine


  1. Capable of being inherited.
Related formsin•her′it•a•bili•ty n.
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