What does inheritance mean?

Definitions for inheritance
ɪnˈhɛr ɪ tənsin·her·i·tance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word inheritance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inheritance, heritagenoun

    hereditary succession to a title or an office or property

  2. inheritance, heritagenoun

    that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

  3. inheritance, hereditary patternnoun

    (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents

  4. inheritance, heritagenoun

    any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors

    "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"


  1. inheritancenoun

    The passing of title to an estate upon death.

  2. inheritancenoun

    That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.

  3. inheritancenoun

    (biology) The hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to their offspring.

  4. inheritancenoun

    In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.

  5. Etymology: Recorded since 1473, from to inherit, itself from enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from in- "in" + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (gen. heredis) "heir".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inheritancenoun

    Etymology: from inherit.

    In the book of Numbers it is writ,
    When the son dies let the inheritance
    Descend unto the daughter. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house. Gen. xxxi. 14.

    Claim our just inheritance of old. John Milton.

    Oh dear, unhappy babe! must I bequeath thee
    Only a sad inheritance of woe?
    Gods! cruel gods! can't all my pains atone,
    Unless they reach my infant's guiltless head? Smith.

    You will rather shew our general lowts
    How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon them,
    For the inheritance of their loves, and safeguard
    Of what that want might ruin. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Men are not proprietors of what they have merely for themselves, their children have a title to part of it, which comes to be wholly theirs, when death has put an end to their parents use of it; and this we call inheritance. John Locke.


  1. Inheritance

    Inheritance is the practice of receiving private property, titles, debts, entitlements, privileges, rights, and obligations upon the death of an individual. The rules of inheritance differ among societies and have changed over time. Officially bequeathing private property and/or debts can be performed by a testator via will, as attested by a notary or by other lawful means.


  1. inheritance

    Inheritance is a fundamental concept in object-oriented programming where a class (known as the child or derived class) can inherit the properties and behaviors of another class (known as the parent or base class). This allows the child class to reuse and extend the functionality of the parent class, gaining access to its attributes, methods, and other members. Through inheritance, code can be organized hierarchically, promoting reusability, modularity, and maintainability in software development.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inheritancenoun

    the act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities

  2. Inheritancenoun

    that which is or may be inherited; that which is derived by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a possession which passes by descent

  3. Inheritancenoun

    a permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction

  4. Inheritancenoun

    possession; ownership; acquisition

  5. Inheritancenoun

    transmission and reception by animal or plant generation

  6. Inheritancenoun

    a perpetual or continuing right which a man and his heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to an heir in course of law

  7. Etymology: [Cf. OF. enheritance.]


  1. Inheritance

    Inheritance is the practice of passing on property, titles, debts, rights and obligations upon the death of an individual. It has long played an important role in human societies. The rules of inheritance differ between societies and have changed over time. The term is also used to refer to the passing of characteristics, for example, genetically or in computing.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inheritance' in Nouns Frequency: #2592

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inheritance in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inheritance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of inheritance in a Sentence

  1. Henry Brougham:

    It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.

  2. Joan Laporta:

    There comes a moment when you need to say ‘enough’. You need to analyze rigorously with a cold head and look at the numbers, and in the Spanish league we have to abide by the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that’s not an excuse, we knew the regulation. We couldn't abide by it because of the inheritance we had.

  3. Peter Fanconi:

    The client needs to be aware... being a Swiss citizen and having U.S. exposure, there could be an inheritance issue. We have not actively advised, we have informed our clients there is possibly an end risk there.

  4. Kenny Ng:

    The market is expecting ... a scramble for inheritance. Under these circumstances there might be changes in company ownership, with some shareholders increasing their stakes.

  5. M. Grundler:

    The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.

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