Definition of inherent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhɪər(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhɛr(ə)nt/


1Existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute: any form of mountaineering has its inherent dangers
More example sentences
  • You may question his characters' motivation, but never doubt their sincerity or inherent goodness.
  • I have always been conscious of the inherent dangers to our natural world from our industry.
  • The right to exclude non-citizens is an inherent attribute of sovereignty, but the scope of the exclusion is a matter of policy.
intrinsic, innate, immanent, built-in, inborn, ingrained, deep-rooted;
essential, fundamental, basic, implicit, structural, characteristic, organic;
inseparable, permanent, indelible, ineradicable, ineffaceable, inexpungible;
1.1 Law Vested in (someone) as a right or privilege.
Example sentences
  • In my opinion, this is not a matter falling within my inherent jurisdiction as a superior court judge.
  • I would regard them as powers which are inherent in its jurisdiction.
  • It does not indicate that the court has an inherent power to enlarge a statutory time limit.
1.2 Linguistics (Of an adjective) having the same meaning in both attributive and predicative uses.



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhɪər(ə)ns/
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhɛr(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • At the same time, he underlined the frame's evident inherence in the language of photographic pictures.
  • The origin of this criticism is affirmative: it is because Pope believed unshakably in the inherence of truth in nature, that he could express so negatively his anxiety at seeing it debased.
  • There is, after all, a tendency to interpret his position as being an advocation of simple, spontaneous relations, and a nostalgic desire for some primordial inherence in Being.


Late 16th century: from Latin inhaerent- 'sticking to', from the verb inhaerere, from in- 'in, towards' + haerere 'to stick'.

Words that rhyme with inherent

aberrant, deterrent, errant, knight-errant

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Line breaks: in|her¦ent

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