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1. Capable of being inherited: inheritable traits; inheritable property.
2. Having the right to inherit or the capability of inheriting: an inheritable heir.

in·her′it·a·bil′i·ty n.


1. (Genetics) capable of being transmitted by heredity from one generation to a later one
2. capable of being inherited
3. rare capable of inheriting; having the right to inherit
inˌheritaˈbility, inˈheritableness n
inˈheritably adv


(ɪnˈhɛr ɪ tə bəl)

1. capable of being inherited.
2. capable of inheriting; qualified to inherit.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"
nonheritable, noninheritable - not inheritable


adj (lit, fig)erblich; goodsvererbbar
References in classic literature ?
But the number and diversity of inheritable deviations of structure, both those of slight and those of considerable physiological importance, is endless.
The extra pension from topping up will last for the lifetime of the person who contributes and may be inheritable by a surviving spouse or civil partner.
The bench decided that legal heirs of deceased parents would be eligible to plead their pending cases which entailed only financial benefits inheritable by the legal heirs of the civil servant upon their demise.
For several years our work has been at the forefront of basic biological research in the area of DNA repair, and in particular we have made significant contributions to the understanding of inheritable diseases such as breast cancer, Fanconi anemia, and the neurodegenerative disorder Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia (AOA).
As these gifts will not form part of your net inheritable estate, which is basically everything you leave behind less any debts and liabilities, this can eliminate or, at least help reduce your potential inheritance tax liability.
About NHF The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.
The regulatory testing, which must be performed to GLP standards is required to show that a chemical or a metabolite of the chemical does not cause mutations or structural changes that could potentially lead to cancer formation or inheritable disease.
One out of every twenty individuals carries a gene for Betathalassemia, making it one of the commonest inheritable disorders in Pakistan.
It has also been proposed to empower courts to decide the compensation amount for a wife and children from the husband's inherited and inheritable property once a marriage legally ends.
The government amended the land code to establish inheritable and exchangeable land-use rights for the first time and adopted an integrated water resources management approach that allows the establishment of local river basin organizations and water user associations to better manage hydrological resources.
At the same time, many cautionary words have been said about the possibility of unintended bad effects of a manipulation of human genes that creates inheritable genetic changes.
A key term in this book is "hereditary heathenism," the idea "that Indians and Africans could never become Christian" because religious identity was as inheritable as any physical characteristic.