What is inheritance?

  • (noun): (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents.
    Synonyms: hereditary pattern
    See also — Additional definitions below


Inheritance is the practice of passing on property, titles, debts, rights and obligations upon the death of an individual. It represents also to pass a characteristic, genetically. It has long played an important role in human societies. The rules of inheritance differ between societies and have changed over time.

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Society And Culture Of The Han Dynasty - Marriage, Gender, and Kinship - Inheritance
... The two types of inheritance during Han included the common inheritance of property from the deceased, which all social groups (except for slaves) participated in, and the inheritance of titles, which only the ... The second type of inheritance involved the practice of primogeniture, where the official title was inherited by only one son ...
Anglo-Hindu Law - Administration and Practice - British Administration of Hindu Personal Laws - Inheritance
... Inheritance laws were those that dealt with wills and succession of property with regards to those who adhered to Hinduism ...
Inheritance - Taxation
... For more detail on this topic see Inheritance tax and Death duty ... Many states have inheritance taxes or death duties, under which a portion of any estate goes to the government ...
Lavender Foal Syndrome - Inheritance
... LFS is one of six genetic diseases known to affect horses of Arabian bloodlines ... There are genetic diseases that affect other horse breeds, including different coat dilution lethals, such as lethal white syndrome ...

More definitions of "inheritance":

  • (noun): That which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner.
    Synonyms: heritage
  • (noun): Hereditary succession to a title or an office or property.
    Synonyms: heritage
  • (noun): Any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors.
    Example: "My only inheritance was my mother's blessing"
    Synonyms: heritage

Famous quotes containing the word inheritance:

    I call it our collective inheritance of isolation. We inherit isolation in the bones of our lives. It is passed on to us as sure as the shape of our noses and the length of our legs. When we are young, we are taught to keep to ourselves for reasons we may not yet understand. As we grow up we become the “men who never cry” and the “women who never complain.” We become another generation of people expected not to bother others with our problems.
    Paula C. Lowe (20th century)

    It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our griefs ... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
    Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)

    Late in the afternoon we passed a man on the shore fishing with a long birch pole.... The characteristics and pursuits of various ages and races of men are always existing in epitome in every neighborhood. The pleasures of my earliest youth have become the inheritance of other men. This man is still a fisher, and belongs to an era in which I myself have lived.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)