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  • adjective (Genetics) tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of inherit.
  • adjective Obtained via an inheritance

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  • adjective occurring among members of a family usually by heredity


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  • Not only a want of philanthropic feeling in their betters, but an inherited contempt for all small industry and retail dealing, has helped to hide them away from us: an _inherited_ contempt, because it is in fact a survival from an older social system, when the citizen did not need the work of the artisan and small retailer, but supplied all his own wants within the circle of his household, i.e. his own family and slaves, and produced on his farm the material of his food and clothing.

    Social life at Rome in the Age of Cicero

  • Mrs. Tweksbury relied absolutely upon what she termed her inherited intuition.

    The Shield of Silence

  • Sometimes I wonder how much of what we call inherited evil is the result not of heredity at all, but of this sort of unconscious education.

    Study of Child Life

  • The word "inherited" elides a world of woe and religious rupture, as does the transfer of "exceptionalism" from the Jews to their city.

    NYT > Home Page

  • By the 19th century, the gatehouse had been converted to use as a pub ironically named the Jerusalem Tavern, a title inherited by today's popular Britton Street pub and a printing house.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • To blame everything on what he "inherited" is also disingenuous.

    How's Obama doing?

  • For the most part, each cell has two copies of every chromosome, one inherited from the mother and one from the father.

    X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome

  • While some cases are inherited from a parent, most cases occur as new genetic abnormalities only within the affected child.

    Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome

  • No clue where to start cleaning up the mess he inherited from the single most inept, corrupt, blatantly divisive and borderline evil administration I can remember.

    Bush on Obama: 'This guy has no clue'

  • (We're about to learn that she drives a vintage Mustang convertible, probably inherited from the father Paul reminds her of and that she holds onto for sentimental reasons, sure, but also for the sheer fun of driving it --- her commute is the highlight of her day.)

    What work is. A review of Paul Blart: Mall Cop by way of a gigantic spoiler


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