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[in-heer] /ɪnˈhɪər/
verb (used without object), inhered, inhering.
to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent:
the advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
Origin of inhere
1580-90; < Latin inhaerēre, equivalent to in- in-2 + haerēre to stick
Related forms
preinhere, verb (used without object), preinhered, preinhering.
Can be confused
inhere, inure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inhere
  • There are social contracts to education that do not necessarily inhere in all who might be employed there.
  • We believe rights inhere in individuals, not in groups.
  • Whenever a critic invokes the virtues that inhere in storytelling, it's a sign that a daring artist's knuckles are being rapped.
  • Others, more rational, deem it to inhere in the uses which marriage subserves to the family tie.
  • The effectiveness of a president does not inhere in his ability to work non-stop round the clock.
  • But maybe, too, the magic inherent in the magic number does not inhere to the number itself.
  • Many other freedoms inhere in humanity and in citizenship, and neither the university nor anyone else should interfere with them.
  • Again, there are a couple of other things inhere that are probably good for injured workers.
  • His meanings inhere in this spoken language and belong but secondarily to the printed symbols.
  • Several of the original flaws inhere in the claims advanced in the proposed amended complaint.
British Dictionary definitions for inhere


(intransitive) foll by in. to be an inseparable part (of)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inhaerēre to stick in, from haerēre to stick
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Word Origin and History for inhere

1580s, "to exist, have being," from Latin inhaerere "to stick in or to" (see inherent). Figurative (immaterial) use attested by 1610s (also in Latin). Related: Inhered; inhering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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