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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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  • As public spaces transformed into collective stories, memorials are inherently controversial.
  • Much of what wood floors require is inherently non-toxic because it doesn't involve any cleaning products.
  • So too, they found objects more similar to inherently masculine words if the object names were masculine.
  • Compared with grains, tubers are inherently more productive.
  • For thousands of years, we've seen ourselves as inherently selfish creatures, driven by our genes to maximize pleasure.
  • Most people outside the farming industry do not realize that no-till farming is inherently.
  • Sending students to study overseas is an inherently risky proposition.
  • Others shrug that playing with an enormous predator is inherently risky.
  • Alternatively, the findings may suggest that the red giants simply started off their lives as stars inherently less rich in metal.
  • The idea of patents on genes is still inherently counterintuitive to some people.
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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