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hereditary


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hereditary  \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 
  that  must  pass  by  inheritance;  as  an  hereditary  estate  or 
  crown. 
 
  2.  Transmitted,  or  capable  of  being  transmitted,  as  a 
  constitutional  quality  or  condition  from  a  parent  to  a 
  child;  as  hereditary  pride,  bravery,  disease. 
 
  Syn:  Ancestral;  patrimonial;  inheritable. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hereditary 
  adj  1:  tending  to  occur  among  members  of  a  family  usually  by 
  heredity;  "an  inherited  disease";  "familial  traits"; 
  "genetically  transmitted  features"  [syn:  {familial},  {genetic}, 
  {inherited},  {transmitted},  {transmissible}] 
  2:  inherited  or  inheritable  by  established  rules  (usually  legal 
  rules)  of  descent;  "ancestral  home";  "ancestral  lore"; 
  "hereditary  monarchy";  "patrimonial  estate"; 
  "transmissible  tradition"  [syn:  {ancestral},  {patrimonial}, 
  {transmissiblel}] 




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