Definition of inhere in English:


Syllabification: in·here
Pronunciation: /inˈhi(ə)r


[no object] (inhere in/within) • formal
  • 1Exist essentially or permanently in: the potential for change that inheres within the adult education world
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    • Arguing against cultural purity, the show suggested that ‘exoticism’ is best regarded not as an essential quality which inheres in one culture and not another but as a set of free-floating signs which are available to all takers.
    • For a material thing to exist is for its form actually to inhere in its matter.
    • It is a danger inhering in the dismal potential for electoral chaos within the European Union, under the inevitable near-term effects of any approximation of the present fiscal austerity rules.
  • 1.1 Law (Of rights, powers, etc.) be vested in a person or group or attached to the ownership of a property: the rights inhering in the property they owned
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    • First, the original monopoly power inhered in land ownership.
    • It is these physical improvements and any value directly attributable to and inhering in them that have to be excluded from valuation.
    • In tandem, they learned that they did not own their rights or responsibilities; rights and responsibilities inhered in or were produced through relationships, contravening their autonomy.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'stick, cling to'): from Latin inhaerere 'stick to'.

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