Inheritance

Definition of Inheritance

In`her´it`ance
n.1.
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.
When the man dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter.
- Shak.
3.A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.
- 1 Pet. i. 4.
4.Possession; ownership; acquisition.
To you th' inheritance belongs by right
Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love.
- Spenser.
5.(Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.
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.
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.

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