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Saturday, September 16, 2006


\in-HIR\ , intransitive verb;
To be inherent; to belong, as attributes or qualities.
The authority that belongs to someone as former secretary of state does not inhere in the person, but in the relation between the person and his former office.
-- "The grim face of partisanship", Washington Times, July 10, 2001
To other critics, the problems of democracy inhere in the incapacity of democratic institutions.
-- John Mark Hansen, "Individuals, institutions, and public preferences over public finance", American Political Science Review, September 1998
For New Labour has decided that upon these anonymous, nondescript, utterly unqualified public functionaries is to be thrust the full weight of moral and social authority that once inhered in the anointed clergy.
-- Janet Daley, "Will you kindly admit me into your bedroom", Daily Telegraph, October 20, 1998
Inhere is from Latin inhaerere, from in-, "in" + haerere, "to stick, to hang."
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