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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Hereditary


HERED'ITARY, adjective

1. That has descended from an ancestor. He is in possession of a large hereditary estate.

2. That may descend from an ancestor to an heir; descendible to an heir at law. The crown of Great Britain is hereditary

3. That is or may be transmitted from a parent to a child; as hereditary pride; hereditary bravery; hereditary disease.