inheritance

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inheritance \In*her"it*ance\, noun [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 generation.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

inheritance

noun

1: hereditary succession to a title or an office or property [syn: {inheritance}, {heritage}]

2: that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner [syn: {inheritance}, {heritage}]

3: (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents [syn: {inheritance}, {hereditary pattern}]

4: any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge" [syn: {inheritance}, {heritage}]


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