hereditary

  • 1hereditary — he·red·i·tary /hə re də ˌter ē/ adj [Latin hereditarius, from hereditas inheritance, from hered heres heir] 1: received or passing by inheritance or required to pass by inheritance hereditary shares 2: having ownership or possession through… …

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  • 2Hereditary — He*red i*ta*ry, a. [L. hereditarius, fr. hereditas heirship, inheritance, fr. heres heir: cf. F. h[ e]r[ e]ditaire. See {Heir}.] 1. Descended, or capable of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or passing by inheritance, or… …

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  • 3hereditary — [hə red′i ter΄ē] adj. [L hereditarius < hereditas: see HEREDITY] 1. a) of, or passed down by, inheritance from an ancestor to a legal heir; ancestral b) having title, right, etc. by inheritance 2. of, or passed down by, heredity; designating… …

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  • 4hereditary — (adj.) early 15c., hereditarie, from L. hereditarius, from hereditas (see HEREDITY (Cf. heredity)) …

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  • 5hereditary — congenital, inborn, inherited, *innate, inbred Analogous words: transmitted, conveyed (see CARRY): inherent, con stitutional, intrinsic, ingrained …

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  • 6hereditary — [adj] inherited; transmitted at birth ancestral, bequeathed, family, genealogical, genetic, handed down, heritable, inborn, inbred, inheritable, inherited, lineal, maternal, paternal, patrimonial, traditional, transmissible, transmitted, willed;… …

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  • 7hereditary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) conferred by, based on, or relating to inheritance. 2) (of a characteristic or disease) able to be passed on genetically from parents to their offspring. DERIVATIVES hereditarily adverb …

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  • 8hereditary — [[t]hɪre̱dɪtri[/t]] 1) ADJ A hereditary characteristic or illness is passed on to a child from its parents before it is born. Cystic fibrosis is the commonest fatal hereditary disease... In men, hair loss is hereditary. 2) ADJ A title or position …

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  • 9hereditary — hereditarily /hi red i tair euh lee, red i ter /, adv. hereditariness, n. /heuh red i ter ee/, adj. 1. passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes: Blue eyes are hereditary in our family. Cf. congenital. 2 …

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  • 10hereditary — 1. adjective a) which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate Duke is a hereditary title which was created in Norman times. b) (of a title, honor or right) legally granted to somebodys descendant after that persons death.… …

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  • 11hereditary — /həˈrɛdətri / (say huh reduhtree) adjective 1. passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parents to offspring: hereditary traits. 2. relating to inheritance or heredity: hereditary descent. 3. being such through feelings, etc., derived from… …

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  • 12hereditary — he|red|i|ta|ry [hıˈredıtəri US teri] adj 1.) a quality or illness that is hereditary is passed from a parent to a child before the child is born →↑genetic 2.) BrE a hereditary position, rank, or title can be passed from an older to a younger… …

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  • 13hereditary — adjective 1 mental or physical qualities, abilities, or illnesses etc that are hereditary are passed from parent to child in the cells of the body 2 a) BrE a position, rank, or title that is hereditary can be passed from an older to a younger… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14hereditary */ — UK [həˈredət(ə)rɪ] / US [həˈredɪˌterɪ] adjective 1) biology a hereditary disease or quality is passed from a parent to a child in their genes Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition. 2) legal a hereditary title or right is officially passed… …

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  • 15hereditary — he|red|i|tar|y [ hə redı,teri ] adjective * 1. ) a hereditary disease or quality is passed from a parent to a child in their genes 2. ) a hereditary title or right is officially passed from a parent to their child …

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  • 16hereditary — adjective 1) a hereditary right Syn: inherited; bequeathed, willed, handed down, passed down, passed on, transferred; ancestral, family, familial 2) a hereditary disease Syn: genetic …

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  • 17hereditary — adjective 1) a hereditary right Syn: inherited, bequeathed, handed down, passed down, family, ancestral 2) a hereditary disease Syn: genetic, inborn, inherited, inbred, innate …

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  • 18hereditary — [həˈredət(ə)ri] adj 1) a hereditary disease or quality is passed from a parent to a child in their genes 2) a hereditary title or right is officially passed from a parent to their child …

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  • 19hereditary — he•red•i•tar•y [[t]həˈrɛd ɪˌtɛr i[/t]] adj. 1) gen passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes 2) of or pertaining to inheritance or heredity 3) existing by reason of feelings or opinions held by… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20hereditary — adjective Etymology: Middle English hereditarie, from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas Date: 15th century 1. a. genetically transmitted or transmittable from parent to offspring b. characteristic of or fostered by one s predecessors 2. a.… …

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