- 1(Of a title, office, or right) conferred by or based on inheritance: the Queen’s hereditary right to the throneMore example sentences
- The original constitution restricted the right to vote by property but outlawed hereditary titles and added trial by jury in criminal cases.
- The passing on of property or titles is also hereditary and through the eldest male child of the family.
- Haida Nation president Guujaaw handed the writ to Haida runners in a highly charged formal ceremony, with instructions to take their claim of hereditary title to the B.C. Supreme Court.
- 1.1 [attributive] (Of a person) holding a position by inheritance: a hereditary peerMore example sentences
- Sometimes the head of a hereditary family of poets inaugurated the new chief of their locality by handing him a ‘rod of kingship’ - proclaiming his title aloud before the assembled people.
- From the perspective of later developments, the Enlightened Despotism of the eighteenth century seems like a last-ditch attempt to match the personal rule of hereditary princes to the needs of the modern state.
- The people were governed by hereditary princes called Sao-Phas who ruled in as many as forty different principalities.
- 1.2(Of a characteristic or disease) determined by genetic factors and therefore able to be passed on from parents to their offspring or descendants: cystic fibrosis is our most common fatal hereditary disease either hereditary or environmental factorsMore example sentences
- They extend their speculations, even forecasting that, by genetic manipulation, they will be able to cure hereditary diseases and defects and, possibly, make a race having superior bodies and intellects.
- At low radiation doses, the principal concern is the risk of radiation-induced cancer in exposed individuals and hereditary disease in their descendants.
- The identification of specific genes associated with hereditary cancer risk has enabled direct diagnosis of hereditary cancer syndromes through genetic analysis.
- 1.3Relating to inheritance: the main objection to the hereditary principle is that such peers are not electedMore example sentences
- In principle, hereditary succession is rejected by the juristic tradition.
- But acclamation did not rule out the possibility of hereditary or even dynastic successions.
- The position was now ‘very different from 1999’ and the time had come to get rid of the hereditary principle, he replied.
- 2 Mathematics (Of a set) defined such that every element which has a given relation to a member of the set is also a member of the set.More example sentences
- One of the chief stumbling blocks in such a task is the fact that the notion of derivative is a hereditary property for analytic functions while this is clearly not the case for solutions of general second order elliptic equations.
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- If an hereditarily deaf person deliberately chooses to marry another such, they are likely to have deaf children and no one outside Nazi Germany would dream of trying to prevent them.
- And migraine is a disease that just is more prevalent hereditarily in women.
- De Lacy remarks that the Tyranny lasted so long because the English, hereditarily obsessed with money, tolerate outrageous corruption and arbitrary rule so long as their commercial activities are permitted.
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- The natural conservatism of such people because of hereditariness can provide a useful brake.
- Known risk factors include age, gender, hereditariness, smoking, hypertension and high blood lipid levels.
- The twin research will make it possible to study hereditariness and the effects of the environment.
late Middle English: from Latin hereditarius, from hereditas (see heredity).