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Meaning of INHERENT

Pronunciation:  in'heerunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
  2. [adj]  present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  3. [adj]  existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity"; "a constitutional inability to tell the truth"

INHERENT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: built-in, congenital, constitutional, implicit, implicit in(p), inborn, inbuilt, inexplicit, innate, integral, intrinsic, intrinsical, nonheritable, noninheritable, underlying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*her"ent\, a. [L. inhaerens, -entis, p. pr. of
inhaerere: cf. F. inh['e]rent. See {Inhere}.]
Permanently existing in something; inseparably attached or
connected; naturally pertaining to; innate; inalienable; as,
polarity is an inherent quality of the magnet; the inherent
right of men to life, liberty, and protection. ``A most
inherent baseness.'' --Shak.

      The sore disease which seems inherent in civilization.

Syn: Innate; inborn; native; natural; inbred; inwrought;
     inseparable; essential; indispensable.

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