inheritance inheritance  /ɪn ˈhɛ rə təns/


  1. (n) hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
  2. (n) that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
  3. (n) (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
  4. (n) any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors


  1. With an inheritance, Trippe began a business with Long Island Airways in New York, a taxi service for the well-heeled.
  2. Not only do Kennedy courtiers lay claim to Ted's seat in Massachusetts, they recently declared Hillary Clinton's Senate chair in New York to be part of the Kennedy inheritance.
  3. One is inheritanceand Henry has used that up.


  1. UK police arrest brother in Alps killing

    LONDON (AP) — The brother of a British-Iraqi man shot to death with three other people last year in a remote area of the French Alps was arrested Monday after investigators gathered evidence that the siblings were fighting over their father's inheritance.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair

    Male-only inheritance has Britain looking at whether its aristocracy is an essential part of its identity, a quaint vestige of the past or a bit of both.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Inheritance was no gift for schoolteacher

    Financial mistakes tied to her mother's house led to bankruptcy, but the ordeal has taught Jane Osick valuable lessons. The trouble started with the inheritance.        
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. Gillard, who draws support from the Labor Party's left wing faction, signaled the government won't scrap the tax, saying "Australians are entitled to a fairer share of our inheritance, the mineral wealth that lies in our grounds."
    on Jun 25, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "The inheritance of our young century demands a new era of American leadership," Obama said. "We must recognize that America's strength comes not just from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from our enduring values. And...
    on Jan 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "Winston Churchill", Brown said, "described the joint inheritance of Britain and America as not just a shared history but a shared belief in the great principles of freedom, and the rights of Man - of what Barack Obama described in his election...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Gordon Brown Source:

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