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HEREDITARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hereditary mean? 

HEREDITARY (adjective)
  The adjective HEREDITARY has 2 senses:

1. tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
2. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

  Familiarity information: HEREDITARY used as an adjective is rare.


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HEREDITARY (adjective)


Sense 1hereditary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity

Synonyms:

inherited; hereditary; genetic; familial; transmissible; transmitted

Context examples:

an inherited disease / familial traits / genetically transmitted features

Similar:

heritable; inheritable (that can be inherited)


Sense 2hereditary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

Synonyms:

ancestral; patrimonial; hereditary; transmissible

Context examples:

ancestral home / ancestral lore / hereditary monarchy / patrimonial estate / transmissible tradition

Similar:

heritable; inheritable (that can be inherited)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


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