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Definition of Hereditary

Hereditary

  1. Descended, or capable of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or passing by inheritance, or that must pass by inheritance; as, an hereditary estate or crown.
  2. Transmitted, or capable of being transmitted, as a constitutional quality or condition from a parent to a child; as, hereditary pride, bravery, disease.

Hereditary Quotations

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
Carl Sagan

In Pakistan politics is hereditary.
Imran Khan

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Walter Scott
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Hereditary Translations

hereditary in German is erblich
hereditary in Italian is ereditario
hereditary in Norwegian is arvelig
hereditary in Spanish is hereditario