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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 biological attributes passed hereditarily from ancestors to their offspring.
- (programming, object-oriented) In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
that which a person in entitled to inherit
passing of title
biological attributes passed to offspring
programming: mechanism for making parts of superclass available to subclass
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- “inheritance” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).