hereditary

[huh-red-i-ter-ee]
adjective
1.
passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes: Blue eyes are hereditary in our family. Compare congenital.
2.
of or pertaining to inheritance or heredity: a hereditary title.
3.
existing by reason of feeling, opinions, or prejudices held by predecessors: a hereditary enemy.
4.
Law.
a.
descending by inheritance.
b.
transmitted or transmissible in the line of descent by force of law.
c.
holding title, rights, etc., by inheritance: a hereditary proprietor.
5.
Mathematics.
a.
(of a collection of sets) signifying that each subset of a set in the collection is itself a set in the collection.
b.
of or pertaining to a mathematical property, as containing a greatest integer, applicable to every subset of a set that has the property.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin hērēditārius relating to inheritance, equivalent to hērēdit(ās) inheritance, heredity + -ārius -ary

hereditarily [hi-red-i-tair-uh-lee, -red-i-ter-] , adverb
hereditariness, noun
nonhereditarily, adverb
nonhereditariness, noun
nonhereditary, adjective
quasi-hereditary, adjective

heritable, hereditary, inheritable (see synonym study at the current entry).


1, 2. See innate. 3. ancestral, traditional.
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hereditary (hɪˈrɛdɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another
2.  law
 a.  descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance
 b.  transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent
3.  derived from one's ancestors; traditional: hereditary feuds
4.  maths, logic
 a.  (of a set) containing all those elements which have a given relation to any element of the set
 b.  (of a property) transferred by the given relation, so that if x has the property P and xRy, then y also has the property P
 
he'reditarily
 
adv
 
he'reditariness
 
n

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hereditary he·red·i·tar·y (hə-rěd'ĭ-těr'ē)
adj.
Transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.

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hereditary   (hə-rěd'ĭ-těr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
Passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring by means of genes.
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hereditary definition


A descriptive term for conditions capable of being transmitted from parent to offspring through the genes. The term hereditary is applied to diseases such as hemophilia and characteristics such as the tendency toward baldness that pass from parents to children.

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Example sentences
There is, unquestionably, a hereditary component to allergies.
The biggest known risk factors are smoking and family history-it can be a
  hereditary disease.
Prior to these experiments, protein was believed to hold our hereditary destiny.
When the motion comes on next session for an inquiry into hereditary pensions,
  there will be some curious disclosures.
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