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.
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 inheritanceShak.
Descend unto the daughter.
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. "The inheritance of their loves."
To you th' inheritance belongs by rightSpenser.
Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love.
(Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.
(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.
The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined to the title to land and tenements by a descent.
Mozley & W.
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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