Cardinal vs Inherent - What's the difference?

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Cardinal is a related term of inherent.

As a noun cardinal

is (baseball) a player on the st louis cardinals team.

As an adjective inherent is




(en adjective)
  • Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal.
  • a cardinal rule
  • * Shakespeare
  • But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • the cardinal intersections of the zodiac
  • * Drayton
  • Impudence is now a cardinal virtue.
  • (nautical) Of or relating to the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west).
  • a cardinal mark
  • Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position.
  • Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock).
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three.
  • *1920 , (Bertrand Russell), Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy , p.83:
  • *:This cardinal number is the smallest of the infinite cardinal numbers; it is the one to which Cantor has appropriated the Hebrew aleph with the suffix 0, to distinguish it from larger infinite cardinals'. Thus the name of the smallest of infinite ' cardinals is .
  • (lb) A word used to represent a cardinal number; a cardinal numeral.
  • *2005 , , (w, Wheelock's Latin) , 6th ed. revised, p.97:
  • *:The commonest numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals ".
  • An official in the .)
  • *{{quote-book, year=1932, author=(Maurice Baring)
  • , chapter=16, title= Friday's Business , passage=His uncle, a Cardinal , engages a Spanish youth of Moorish descent called Diego, an expert singer and player on the virginal, to unlock the secrets of the heart,
  • A genus of songbirds of the finch family, Cardinalis .
  • Any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae (See ) and other similar birds that were once considered to be related.
  • *
  • *:Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  • A shade of scarlet, the traditional colour of a Catholic cardinal's cassock.
  • :
  • A woman's short cloak with a hood.
  • * (1733-1764)
  • *:Where's your cardinal ! Make haste.
  • Mulled red wine.
  • :(Hotten)
  • Derived terms

    * cardinal bird * cardinal concern * cardinal number * cardinal fish * cardinal flower * cardinally * cardinal numeral * cardinal point * cardinal spider * cardinal symptom * cardinal virtue * cardinal vowels * cardinalate * cardinality * cardinalship * incardinate

    See also

    * * Contrast with ordinal (numbers) * (abbreviation)


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    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


  • Naturally as part or consequence of something.
  • * (Lyn Beth Neylon)
  • You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains.

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with inherit .


    * extrinsic


    * ingrained