Inherit vs Paternal - What's the difference?

inherit | paternal |

As a verb inherit

is (transitive)  to take possession of as a right (especially in biblical translations) .

As a adjective paternal is

of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family; as , "paternal grandfather" (one's father's father).




(en verb)
  • To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations) .
  • To receive (property or a title etc), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited . Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’}}
  • (biology) To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission.
  • To derive from people or conditions previously in force.
  • To come into an inheritance.
  • (computing, programming, transitive) To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.
  • (computing, programming, transitive) To derive a new class from (a superclass).
  • * 2006 , Daniel Solis, Illustrated C# 2005
  • For example, the following two code segments, from different assemblies, show how easy it is to inherit a class from another assembly.
  • (obsolete) To put in possession of.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Usage notes

    * Do not confuse with inherent.

    Derived terms

    * inheritable * inheritance * inherited * inheritor




    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family
  • paternal grandfather
  • Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.
  • Received or inherited from one's father.
  • * Dryden
  • their small paternal field of corn
  • Acting as a father
  • paternal filicide

    Derived terms

    * paternalism * paternalistic * paternally * paternal aunt * paternal cousin * paternal grandfather * paternal grandmother * paternal uncle


    * maternal – mother

    Coordinate terms

    * avuncular – uncle * maternal – mother * materteral – aunt


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