(1) Hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
(2) Any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
"My only inheritance was my mother's blessing"
"The world's heritage of knowledge"
(3) (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
(4) That which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
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".
- The passing of title to an estate upon death.
- That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
- (biology) The hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to their offspring.
- In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.