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[ in-her-i-ter ]


  1. a person who inherits; heir.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inheritor1

First recorded in 1400–50, inheritor is from the late Middle English word enheritour, enheriter. See inherit, -or 2

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Example Sentences

During the Civil War, the Confederates honored July 4 as fervently as the Union and proclaimed themselves “the loyal inheritors” of the principles of Independence Day.

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As inheritors of this patriarchal order, historians today are left with few records of the female colonial experience.

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Kyle Shanahan, the Niners’ head coach and lead mechanic, is the inheritor and reviser of the wiliest manual of incremental football-moving ever written, a savant of run-game variants and their play-action offshoots.

Obama is trying to argue the group is the “true inheritor of bin Laden” in order to legally justify the war.

For a while there, Liz seemed the obvious inheritor of the Cheney political mantle.

However, his claim to be the major inheritor of any dynastic power in News Corp. looks completely broken.

Because Chasen's mom has since died, her niece, Melissa Cohen, would now be a major inheritor, according to the 1994 will.

He was the inheritor of that side of his father's policy which was most distasteful to the Whigs.

He saw the woman who loved him, and whom he loved, tagged and claimed by a contemptible pygmy, the accidental inheritor of wealth.

Consent to marry me, and on our wedding-day I will prove you the legal inheritor of an honorable name and a great fortune.

Only in case of a childless inheritor did they go to a niece or nephew.

He may be regarded as the last direct inheritor of the traditions of Masaccio.


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