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From Latin hereditarius, from hereditas 'inheritance', from heres 'heir'


hereditary ‎(comparative more hereditary, superlative most hereditary)

  1. which is passed on as inheritance, by last will or intestate
  2. (of a title, honor or right) legally granted to somebody's descendant after that person's death.
    Duke is a hereditary title which was created in Norman times.
  3. (of a person) holding a legally hereditary title or rank
    hereditary rulers
  4. (of a disease or trait) passed from a parent to offspring in the genes
    Haemophilia is hereditary in his family.

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hereditary ‎(plural hereditaries)

  1. A hereditary ruler; a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.

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