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Pronunciation:  in'heritns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
  2. [n]  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. [n]  (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
  4. [n]  that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

INHERITANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: hereditary pattern, heritage, heritage, heritage
 See Also: accretion, acquisition, ancestry, attribute, background, bequest, birthright, birthright, borough English, derivation, devise, filiation, gene linkage, genetic endowment, heirloom, heredity, legacy, lineage, linkage, patrimony, primogeniture, transferred possession, transferred property, upbringing, X-linked dominant inheritance, X-linked recessive inheritance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*her"it*ance\, n. [Cf. OF. enheritance.]
1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an
   estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.

2. That which is or may be inherited; that which is derived
   by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a
   possession which passes by descent.

         When the man dies, let the inheritance Descend unto
         the daughter.                         --Shak.

3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one
   received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.

         To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and
         that fadeth not away.                 --1 Pet. i. 4.

4. Possession; ownership; acquisition. ``The inheritance of
   their loves.'' --Shak.

         To you th' inheritance belongs by right Of brother's
         praise; to you eke ?longs his love.   --Spenser.

5. (Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant

6. (Law) A perpetual or continuing right which a man and his
   heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by
   descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to
   another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to
   an heir in course of law. --Blackstone.

Note: The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined
      to the title to land and tenements by a descent.
      --Mozley & W.

            Men are not proprietors of what they have, merely
            for themselves; their children have a title to
            part of it which comes to be wholly theirs when
            death has put an end to their parents' use of it;
            and this we call inheritance.      --Locke.

Computing Dictionary

In object-oriented programming, the ability to derive new classes from existing classes. A derived class (or "subclass") inherits the instance variables and methods of the "base class" (or "superclass"), and may add new instance variables and methods. New methods may be defined with the same names as those in the base class, in which case they override the original one.

For example, bytes might belong to the class of integers for which an add method might be defined. The byte class would inherit the add method from the integer class.

See also liskov substitution principle, multiple inheritance.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you receive an inheritance means success and ease of obtaining your desires. You have been given many opportunities in your life.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The acquiring of a set of physical or behavioral characteristics from a parent.
Thesaurus Terms
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