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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inherent mean? 

INHERENT (adjective)
  The adjective INHERENT has 2 senses:

1. existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
2. in the nature of something though not readily apparent

  Familiarity information: INHERENT used as an adjective is rare.

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INHERENT (adjective)

Sense 1inherent [BACK TO TOP]


Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic


built-in; inbuilt; inherent; integral; constitutional

Context examples:

the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity / a constitutional inability to tell the truth


intrinsic; intrinsical (belonging to a thing by its very nature)

Sense 2inherent [BACK TO TOP]


In the nature of something though not readily apparent


implicit in; underlying; inherent

Context examples:

shortcomings inherent in our approach / an underlying meaning


implicit; inexplicit (implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something)

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