Definitions

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  • adjective Not inheritable through genetic transmission. Opposite of inheritable, and heritable.

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  • adjective Not hereditary; not passed down by inheritance.

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  • adjective not acquirable by inheritance

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Examples

  • In any case, his conclusion seems misguided: If nonhereditary MPs begin to enter Parliament's ranks in significant numbers once they have passed the age of 40, it's hard to extrapolate a worryingly dynastic future for the country's governance.

    How to Get Ahead in India

  • The current leadership includes some princelings, but they are counterbalanced by a rival nonhereditary group that includes President Hu Jintao, also the party chief, and Premier Wen Jiabao.

    Children of the Revolution

  • It would be reasonable to expect that the proportion of nonhereditary MPs would rise with age—exactly the result that Mr. French's number-crunching yields.

    How to Get Ahead in India

  • Here is a rare, genetic, nonhereditary disorder in which certain genes are missing.

    Freud’s Blind Spot

  • Stress is another cause for changes in the hair alopecia areata, or temporary, nonhereditary hair loss, is caused by stress or trauma.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • Stress is another cause for changes in the hair alopecia areata, or temporary, nonhereditary hair loss, is caused by stress or trauma.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • Pond gets to the answer through a story from Cloud Man, or Maripa-wichashta, a nonhereditary chief who resided on the west shore of Lake Calhoun.

    Winter: Cruel & Unusual

  • The difference between Rome and Persia (and later between Byzantium and Persia) was the difference between semi-Western imperial officialdoms that were nonhereditary, and thus early prototypes of modern states, and a Persian society underpinned by tribal and clan relations.

    Where Europe Vanishes

  • The difference between Rome and Persia (and later between Byzantium and Persia) was the difference between semi-Western imperial officialdoms that were nonhereditary, and thus early prototypes of modern states, and a Persian society underpinned by tribal and clan relations.

    Where Europe Vanishes

  • The difference between Rome and Persia (and later between Byzantium and Persia) was the difference between semi-Western imperial officialdoms that were nonhereditary, and thus early prototypes of modern states, and a Persian society underpinned by tribal and clan relations.

    Where Europe Vanishes

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