Inherent vs Inheritance - What's the difference?

inherent | inheritance |

As an adjective inherent

is inherent.

As a noun inheritance is

the passing of title to an estate upon death.



Alternative forms

* (archaic)


  • Naturally as part or consequence of something.
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    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with inherit .


    * extrinsic


    * ingrained


    Alternative forms

    * enheritance (obsolete) * enheritaunce (obsolete) * inheritaunce (obsolete)


  • The passing of title to an estate upon death.
  • (lb) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
  • (lb) The biological attributes passed hereditarily from ancestors to their offspring.
  • In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
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