[ in-heer-uhnt, -her- ]
/ ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr- /
existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering: an inherent distrust of strangers.
Grammar. standing before a noun.
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- inherent immunity,
- inheritance tax
Origin of inherent
in·her·ent·ly, adverbnon·in·her·ent, adjectivenon·in·her·ent·ly, adverbun·in·her·ent, adjective
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/ (ɪnˈhɪərənt, -ˈhɛr-) /
existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
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1570s, from Latin inhaerentem (nominative inhaerens), present participle of inhaerere "be closely connected with," literally "adhere to," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Inherently.
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[ ĭn-hîr′ənt, -hĕr′- ]
Occurring as a natural part or consequence.
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