Associations to the word «Hereditary»


HEREDITARY, adjective. Which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate
HEREDITARY, adjective. (of a title, honor or right) legally granted to somebody's descendant after that person's death.
HEREDITARY, adjective. (of a person) holding a legally hereditary title or rank
HEREDITARY, adjective. (of a disease or trait) passed from a parent to offspring in the genes
HEREDITARY, noun. A hereditary ruler; a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
HEREDITARY MECHANICS, noun. The branch of mechanics dealing with the effects of stress and strain on physical bodies over time.

Dictionary definition

HEREDITARY, adjective. Occurring among members of a family usually by heredity; "an inherited disease"; "familial traits"; "genetically transmitted features".
HEREDITARY, adjective. Inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral lore"; "hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate"; "transmissible tradition".

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke