Inheritance

In*her"it*ance

(?), n. [Cf. OF. enheritance.]
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1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.
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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.
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When the man dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter.
Shak.
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3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.
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To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.
1 Pet. i. 4.
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4. Possession; ownership; acquisition. "The inheritance of their loves." Shak.
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To you th' inheritance belongs by right
Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love.
Spenser.
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5. (Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.
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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.
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The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined to the title to land and tenements by a descent. Mozley & W.
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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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