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[in-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/
existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering:
an inherent distrust of strangers.
Grammar. standing before a noun.
Origin of inherent
1570-80; < Latin inhaerent- (stem of inhaerēns), present participle of inhaerēre to inhere; see -ent
Related forms
inherently, adverb
noninherent, adjective
noninherently, adverb
uninherent, adjective
uninherently, adverb
1. innate, native, inbred, ingrained. See essential. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inherent
  • The concept that expatriation is a natural and inherent right of the individual was not recognized under the common law.
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  • We inherit everything that is inherent in the space to become part of the work of art.
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  • These representations are often limited and can't quite reveal the humor, boredom, and confusion inherent in combat.
  • All three examples show the weakness inherent in the word not.
  • Granted, but there are inherent dangers which legislation cannot reach.
  • But there's a still more important reason for the silliness that's inherent in the parodies.
  • Political theatre has no inherent right to be simplistic.
  • And because of this, this lack of inherent meaning or value, it was stunning.
British Dictionary definitions for inherent


/ɪnˈhɪərənt; -ˈhɛr-/
existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic
Derived Forms
inherently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inherent

1570s, from Latin inhaerentem (nominative inhaerens), present participle of inhaerere "be closely connected with," literally "adhere to," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Inherently.

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inherent in Medicine

inherent in·her·ent (ĭn-hēr'ənt, -hěr'-)
Occurring as a natural part or consequence.

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