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Definition of hereditary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    hereditary

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//həˈrɛdəˌtɛri//
     
     
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  1. 1(especially of illnesses) given to a child by its parents before it is born a hereditary illness/disease/condition/problem Epilepsy is hereditary in her family.
  2. 2that is legally given to someone's child, when that person dies a hereditary title/monarchy
  3. 3holding a rank or title that is hereditary hereditary peers/rulers
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hereditary

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