Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Alternative forms 
Recorded since 1473, from to inherit, itself from Old French enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from Late Latin inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from Latin in- "in" + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (gen. heredis) "heir".
- The passing of title to an estate upon death.
- (countable) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
- (biology) The hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to their offspring.
- (computing) In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
Related terms 
that which a person in entitled to inherit
the passing of title to an estate upon death
the hereditary passing of biological attributes from ancestors to off-spring
in object-oriented programming, specific properties of child objects
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
Translations to be checked
- “inheritance” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).