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Definition of inheritance:

  1. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.
  2. A perpetual or continuing right which a man and his heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to an heir in course of law.
  3. Possession; ownership; acquisition.
  4. That which is or may be inherited; that which is derived by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a possession which passes by descent.
  5. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.
  6. Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.

Synonyms:

be descended from, come down to, heritage, birthright, owned, come into, study at heritage, claimant, affect, bequest, beneficiary, come to, patrimony, patrimony, cut off, tradition, gift, hereditary pattern, bequeath.

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