Definition of inheritance in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈherədəns/


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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Syllabification: in·her·it·ance

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