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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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  • To be strictly accurate, the significance of the -ness is not quite as inherently determined, as autonomous, as it might be.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • It is deceitful, fraudulent, inherently unworthy of trust and belief.

  • These monads were the simplest of all organic beings, mere aggregations of matter, some of them supposed to be inherently vital.

  • They are enterprising and industrious and their mode of thought is not inherently immoral.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Many of our most instant and, for this generation, insoluble problems are the lamentable fruit of this inherently good thing.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for inherently


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



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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inherently in Medicine

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

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