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Definition of Inheritance

Inheritance

  1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.
  2. 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.
  3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.
  4. Possession; ownership; acquisition.
  5. Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.
  6. 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.

Inheritance Quotations

A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
Alan Watts

There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau

I think everybody has their own way of looking at their lives as some kind of pilgrimage. Some people will see their role as a pilgrim in terms of setting up a fine family, or establishing a business inheritance. Everyone's got their own definition. Mine, I suppose, is to know myself.
Eric Clapton
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Inheritance Translations

inheritance in Danish is arv
inheritance in Dutch is erfdeel, boedel, erfenis, erfstuk
inheritance in German is Erbe, Erbschaft
inheritance in Latin is hereditas
inheritance in Norwegian is arv
inheritance in Swedish is arv
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