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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Property that can be inherited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Property which can be inherited.
  • n. Inheritance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, or anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir in the strict sense (see heir, 1); inheritable property, as distinguished from property which necessarily terminates with the life of the owner, and, according to some writers, as distinguished in modern times from personal assets which go to the executor or administrator instead of the heir.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any property (real or personal or mixed) that can be inherited

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, from Late Latin hērēditāre, to inherit, from Latin hērēs, hērēd-, heir; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mediaeval Latin hērēditāmentum, from late Latin hērēditō ("to inherit"), from hērēdem ("heir"). (Wiktionary)

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