Definition of inheritance in English:


Syllabification: in·her·it·ance
Pronunciation: /inˈheritəns


  • 1A thing that is inherited: he came into a comfortable inheritance
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    • The 8th shows gain from dowries, unexpected inheritances and legacies.
    • Your children must pay gift tax on taxable gifts and inheritance tax on taxable inheritances (spouses do not pay this tax).
    • The trust can accept and invest inheritances and gifts, and money from the trust can supplement the child's government benefits without jeopardizing them.
    legacy, bequest, endowment, bestowal, provision; birthright, heritage, patrimony; Law devise
  • 1.1The action of inheriting: the inheritance of traits
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    • In the event of a customary marriage only, customary inheritance laws are enforced.
    • This, in my view, would be a distortion of the principles underlying customary law of succession and inheritance.
    • Such epigenetic inheritance across somatic cell generations is well accepted.
    succession to, accession to, assumption of, elevation to


late Middle English (formerly also as enheritance): from Anglo-Norman French enheritaunce 'being admitted as heir', from Old French enheriter (see inherit).

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