- Inheritance In*her"it*ance, n. [Cf. OF. enheritance.]
1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an
estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away. --1 Pet. i. 4. [1913 Webster]
To you th' inheritance belongs by right Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
6. (Law) 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. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]
Men are not proprietors of what they have, merely for themselves; their children have a title to part of it which comes to be wholly theirs when death has put an end to their parents' use of it; and this we call inheritance. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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inheritance — in·her·i·tance /in her ə təns/ n 1: the act of inheriting: as a: the acquisition of real or personal property under the laws of intestacy or sometimes by will b: the succession upon the death of an owner either by will or by operation of law to… … Law dictionary
inheritance — in‧her‧i‧tance [ɪnˈhertns] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW money, property, or other things that become yours after someone has died: • people who suddenly have large lump sums to invest, perhaps from an inheritance * * * inheritance UK US… … Financial and business terms
Inheritance — Auteur Christopher Paolini Genre Fantasy Version originale Titre original Inheritance Éditeur original … Wikipédia en Français
inheritance — [in her′i təns] n. [ME inheritauns < Anglo Fr & OFr enheritance] 1. the action of inheriting 2. something inherited or to be inherited; legacy; bequest 3. ownership by virtue of birthright; right to inherit 4. anything received as if by… … English World dictionary
inheritance — inheritance. См. наследование. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) … Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.
Inheritance — (engl., spr. Inherritänns), Erblehen, Erbgut. Inheritor, Erbe … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Inheritance — (engl. –änß), Erbgut; Inheritor, Erbe … Herders Conversations-Lexikon
Inheritance — [engl.], Vererbung … Universal-Lexikon
inheritance — late 14c., enheritaunce fact of receiving by hereditary succession; early 15c. as that which is inherited, from Anglo Fr. enheritance, O.Fr. enheritaunce, from enheriter (see INHERIT (Cf. inherit)). Heritance act of inheriting is from mid 15c … Etymology dictionary
inheritance — *heritage, patrimony, birthright … New Dictionary of Synonyms