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

  • adj. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.
  • adj. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.

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  • adj. able to be inherited, passed from parents to their children

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being inherited or of passing by inheritance; inheritable.
  • adj. Capable of inheriting or receiving by inheritance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being inherited; inheritable; in Scots law, passing by inheritance to heirs at law: as, heritable rights or possessions, consisting of land and all things attached to or connected with it, and sometimes of other things made descendible by succession, in distinction from movable rights or property, consisting of things not so attached or descendible.
  • Capable of inheriting or taking by descent.
  • n. In Scots law, a possession or right which may be inherited, or which may descend by succession.

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

  • adj. capable of being inherited


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

Middle English, from Old French, from heriter, to inherit, from Late Latin hērēditāre; see inherit.


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