A frequently touching domestic drama about an academic Chicago family, it mulls Big Themes: war, faith, heredity.
Not surprisingly, then, this is a book about heredity, about fathers and sons and their awkward relationships.
The laws of evolution, of heredity, of adaptation, hold good with human beings as with all other creatures of nature.
By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.
Most of its motives are purely instinctive, and all the mental life that it has is the result of heredity (birth inheritance).
We see that the heredity relation is an extremely complex affair.
In the symmetry of the dividing cell the basis of that resemblance which we call heredity is contained'.
Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.
The new constitution proclaimed the heredity of the Bohemian crown in the house of Habsburg.
It was the success in Composition which tickled his father's pride, for was not this a proof of heredity?
1530s, from Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) "heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir, heiress," from PIE root *ghe- "to be empty, left behind" (cf. Greek khera "widow"). Legal sense of "inheritable quality or character" first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.
heredity he·red·i·ty (hə-rěd'ĭ-tē)
The genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring.
One's genetic constitution.
The passing of characteristics from parents to children. (See genetics.)