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Meaning & Definition of Hereditary in English

English

Hereditary

/hərɛdətɛri/

adjective

1. Occurring among members of a family usually by heredity

  • "An inherited disease"
  • "Familial traits"
  • "Genetically transmitted features"
    synonym:
  • familial
  • ,
  • genetic
  • ,
  • hereditary
  • ,
  • inherited
  • ,
  • transmitted
  • ,
  • transmissible

2. Inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

  • "Ancestral home"
  • "Ancestral lore"
  • "Hereditary monarchy"
  • "Patrimonial estate"
  • "Transmissible tradition"
    synonym:
  • ancestral
  • ,
  • hereditary
  • ,
  • patrimonial
  • ,
  • transmissible