inheritance


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to inheritance: polymorphism

in·her·i·tance

 (ĭn-hĕr′ĭ-təns)
n.
1.
a. The action of inheriting something: the inheritance of property from a relative.
b. Something inherited or to be inherited: Her inheritance included a large estate.
2. Something regarded as a heritage: the cultural inheritance of Rome. See Synonyms at heritage.
3. Biology
a. The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parent or ancestor to offspring.
b. A characteristic so inherited.
c. The sum of genetically transmitted characteristics.

inheritance

(ɪnˈhɛrɪtəns)
n
1. (Law) law
a. hereditary succession to an estate, title, etc
b. the right of an heir to succeed to property on the death of an ancestor
c. something that may legally be transmitted to an heir
2. the act of inheriting
3. something inherited; heritage
4. (Genetics) the derivation of characteristics of one generation from an earlier one by heredity
5. (Law) obsolete hereditary rights

in•her•it•ance

(ɪnˈhɛr ɪ təns)

n.
1. something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner's death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy.
2. the genetic characters transmitted from parent to offspring.
3. something, as a quality or characteristic, received from progenitors or predecessors.
4. the act or fact of inheriting.
5. birthright; heritage.
[1375–1425; Middle English enheritance < Anglo-French]
click for a larger image
inheritance
In this diagram, pink pea flowers are produced by dominant genes (D) and white pea flowers are produced by recessive genes (r). When flowers having two dominant genes are mated with flowers having two recessive genes (top row), the first generation of plants (middle row) all have one dominant and one recessive gene (Dr). Since dominant genes suppress recessive ones, all the flowers in the first generation will be pink. In the second generation (bottom row), one of the four plants will have two recessive genes. Therefore, three of the flowers in the second generation will be pink and one will be white.

in·her·i·tance

(ĭn-hĕr′ĭ-təns)
The process by which traits or characteristics pass from parents to offspring through the genes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inheritance - hereditary succession to a title or an office or propertyinheritance - hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
acquisition - the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"
2.inheritance - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
transferred possession, transferred property - a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
primogeniture - right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
borough English - a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
accretion - (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)
bequest, legacy - (law) a gift of personal property by will
birthright, patrimony - an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
devise - (law) a gift of real property by will
heirloom - something that has been in a family for generations
heirloom - (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
3.inheritance - (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
genetic endowment, heredity - the total of inherited attributes
ancestry, filiation, lineage, derivation - inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
gene linkage, linkage - (genetics) traits that tend to be inherited together as a consequence of an association between their genes; all of the genes of a given chromosome are linked (where one goes they all go)
X-linked dominant inheritance - hereditary pattern in which a dominant gene on the X chromosome causes a characteristic to be manifested in the offspring
X-linked recessive inheritance - hereditary pattern in which a recessive gene on the X chromosome results in the manifestation of characteristics in male offspring and a carrier state in female offspring
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
4.inheritance - any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
birthright - personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
background - a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; "he is a lawyer with a sports background"
birthright - a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth; "free public education is the birthright of every American child"
upbringing - properties acquired during a person's formative years

inheritance

noun legacy, estate, heritage, provision, endowment, bequest, birthright, patrimony She feared losing her inheritance to her stepmother.

inheritance

noun
1. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn:
2. Something immaterial, as a style or philosophy, that is passed from one generation to another:
Translations
مِيرَاثٌميراث، تَرِكَهوِراثَه
dědictvídědičnost
arv
perintöperimäperiminen
nasljedstvo
arfurerfî; arfur
相続
상속
dediščina
arv
มรดก
mirasmiras almamiras olarak
tài sản thừa kế

inheritance

[ɪnˈherɪtəns]
A. Nherencia f (fig) → patrimonio m
she received a small inheritance from her auntsu tía le dejó una pequeña herencia
B. CPD inheritance law Nley f sucesoria
inheritance tax Nimpuesto m sobre sucesiones

inheritance

[ɪnˈhɛrɪtəns] n
(= succession) → héritage m
law of inheritance → droit m de la succession
(= money, property) → héritage m
to come into one's inheritance → entrer en possession de son héritage
(medical)patrimoine m
genetic inheritance → patrimoine m génétique
(= inherited situation, problem) → héritage m
our cultural inheritance → notre héritage culturelinheritance tax ndroits mpl de succession

inheritance

nErbe nt (also fig), → Erbschaft f; it passed to him through or by inheritanceer hat es durch eine Erbschaft bekommen; inheritance taxErbschaftssteuer f

inheritance

[ɪnˈhɛrɪtns] neredità f inv (fig) → retaggio

inherit

(inˈherit) verb
1. to receive (property etc belonging to someone who has died). He inherited the house from his father; She inherited four thousand dollars from her father.
2. to have (qualities) the same as one's parents etc. She inherits her quick temper from her mother.
inˈheritance noun
1. money etc inherited. He spent most of his inheritance on drink.
2. the act of inheriting. The property came to him by inheritance.

inheritance

مِيرَاثٌ dědictví arv Erbschaft κληρονομιά herencia perintö héritage nasljedstvo eredità 相続 상속 erfenis arv dziedzictwo herança наследство arv มรดก miras tài sản thừa kế 遗产

in·her·i·tance

n. herencia. V.: heredity
References in classic literature ?
He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved.
The popular imagination, indeed, long kept itself busy with the affair of the old Puritan Pyncheon and the wizard Maule; the curse which the latter flung from his scaffold was remembered, with the very important addition, that it had become a part of the Pyncheon inheritance.
Then why -- since the choice was with himself -- should the individual, whose connexion with the fallen woman had been the most intimate and sacred of them all, come forward to vindicate his claim to an inheritance so little desirable?
Safe under the protecting care of her mistress, Eliza had reached maturity without those temptations which make beauty so fatal an inheritance to a slave.
There is the home of the younger sons, as among the Scandinavians they took to the sea for their inheritance.
He was born so, educated so, his veins were full of ancestral blood that was rotten with this sort of unconscious brutality, brought down by inheritance from a long procession of hearts that had each done its share toward poisoning the stream.
was born a gentleman; his highest duty in life was to watch over that great inheritance and keep it unsmirched.
If you need farther explanation, I have the honour, my dear madam, of being your husband's son, and the advantage of inheriting a disposition to hope for good, which no inheritance of houses or lands can ever equal the value of.
He had married a poor ignorant woman, who had served as a waitress at some low eating-house, who had unexpectedly come into a little money, and whose small inheritance he had mercilessly squandered to the last farthing.
As to this, his natural and not to be alienated inheritance, the messenger on horseback had exactly the same possessions as the King, the first Minister of State, or the richest merchant in London.
On the second branch of the question, I will only remark, that unless I ran through that part of my inheritance while I was still a baby, I have not come into it yet.
Handel, my good fellow;" though he spoke in this light tone, he was very much in earnest: "I have been thinking since we have been talking with our feet on this fender, that Estella surely cannot be a condition of your inheritance, if she was never referred to by your guardian.