from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Law Descending from an ancestor to a legal heir; passing down by inheritance.
- adj. Law Having title or possession through inheritance.
- adj. Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring: a hereditary disease.
- adj. Appearing in or characteristic of successive generations.
- adj. Derived from or fostered by one's ancestors: a hereditary prejudice.
- adj. Ancestral; traditional: their hereditary home. See Synonyms at innate.
- adj. Of or relating to heredity or inheritance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate
- adj. legally granted to somebody's descendant after that person's death.
- adj. holding a legally hereditary title or rank
- adj. passed from a parent to offspring in the genes
- n. A hereditary ruler; a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Descended, or capable of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or passing by inheritance, or that must pass by inheritance.
- adj. Transmitted, or capable of being transmitted, as a constitutional quality or condition from a parent to a child.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law: Descending by inheritance; transmitted or transmissible in the line of descent by force of law; passing to or held by an heir or heirs: as, a hereditary monarchy, office, or estate; hereditary privileges; hereditary bondage.
- Holding by inheritance; deriving from ancestors by force of law, as rank, social condition, or property: as, a hereditary peer, proprietor, or bondman.
- Pertaining to or resulting from successive generation; transmitted in a line of progeny; passing naturally from parent to offspring: as, hereditary descent; a hereditary line; hereditary features, qualities, or diseases.
- Native; patrimonial; ancestral: as, one's hereditary home or occupation; a hereditary opinion or prejudice.
- Acting from natal tendency or endowment; having inherited the character or qualifications of; being by force of birth: as, the Bachs were hereditary musicians; the Rothschilds are hereditary financiers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
- adj. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent
Middle English, from Latin hērēditārius, from hērēditās, inheritance; see heredity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hereditarius, from hereditas 'inheritance', from heres 'heir' (Wiktionary)