[in-her-i-tuh-buh l]


capable of being inherited.
capable of inheriting; qualified to inherit.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for inheritable

Historical Examples of inheritable

  • In the one case the swarthiness would be inheritable, in the other not.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

  • There you know is a good constitution in an inheritable form.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

  • But among psychic characters one finds that practically all are inheritable.


    Henry Louis Mencken

  • It was out of the question, therefore, that Mr. Wallace should categorically deny that their effects were inheritable.

  • She turned her face away, and looked over that part of the inheritable world which met her gaze.

    Tell England

    Ernest Raymond

British Dictionary definitions for inheritable



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




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