Definition of inhere in English:



[NO OBJECT]formal
  • 1 Exist essentially or permanently in.

    ‘the potential for change that inheres within the adult education world’
    • ‘Partly that is a result of rancor and opportunism, but it also inheres in a pre-emptive engagement.’
    • ‘It is a danger inhering in the dismal potential for electoral chaos within the European Union, under the inevitable near-term effects of any approximation of the present fiscal austerity rules.’
    • ‘The phrase refers to intangible economic resources of trust and reciprocity, which inhere in social relationships and, it is argued, ground successful transitions to modernity.’
    • ‘Reddy's mastery - astonishing in its emotional depth, rhetorical facility, formal control, and lightness of touch - inheres in his marshalling of these snatches and bursts into fresh and unforgettable art.’
    • ‘We recognize the particular way that heartbreak, for all its immensity, inheres in minutiae - in a T-shirt, a voice mail, a notation on a calendar.’
    • ‘Read in this way, the call for resignation of ‘Jewish’ academics replicates the anti-Semitism that, despite all good intentions by those involved, inheres within the AUT boycott.’
    • ‘The ideological illusion inheres in the practice.’
    • ‘For a material thing to exist is for its form actually to inhere in its matter.’
    • ‘The Protestant principle suggests that the authority of Scripture does not ultimately rest with any quality that inheres within it as such (for example, its divine authorship or inspired character).’
    • ‘Political force also inheres in the idea that families and the government should both be responsible.’
    • ‘For her, the urge to compete does not inhere in man's nature, nor does it result in anything other than violent strife.’
    • ‘Arguing against cultural purity, the show suggested that ‘exoticism’ is best regarded not as an essential quality which inheres in one culture and not another but as a set of free-floating signs which are available to all takers.’
    • ‘In her discussion of classrooms as protopublic bodies, she argues that rhetoric is a process, not a substance that inheres in the collection of traits within a given text.’
    • ‘The associative series gives form to and foregrounds the idea of continuance, embodying the way the past inheres in and deforms the present.’
    • ‘The crucially important job of explaining ourselves to our fellow humans is a duty that inheres in the field as a whole, not in each individual.’
    • ‘The legitimacy of originalism as the only proper method of constitutional interpretation inheres in the very nature of the Constitution as law and does not depend on the results that originalism yields.’
    • ‘Second, commoning is embedded in a labor process; it inheres in a particular praxis of field, upland, forest, marsh, coast.’
    • ‘Yet some difficulties inhere in the schools themselves.’
    • ‘Such visions of the end conjure up some of the disadvantages that inhere in the passage of time: the surprise of the unprecedented, the bewilderment that accompanies the discovery of the unique.’
    • ‘Understanding these roots is important because they help to illuminate the different trajectories that inhere in the American diplomatic experience.’
    be inherent in, be intrinsic to, be present in, inhere in
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    1. 1.1Law (of rights, powers, etc.) be vested in a person or group or attached to the ownership of a property.
      ‘the rights inhering in the property they owned’
      • ‘All they have to do is proclaim that these rights and privileges (in this case partner benefits for employees), instead of stemming from the union of two people, inhere in the individual.’
      • ‘In tandem, they learned that they did not own their rights or responsibilities; rights and responsibilities inhered in or were produced through relationships, contravening their autonomy.’
      • ‘It is these physical improvements and any value directly attributable to and inhering in them that have to be excluded from valuation.’
      • ‘First, the original monopoly power inhered in land ownership.’
      • ‘First, it reserves to them a substantial portion of the Nation's primary sovereignty, together with the dignity and essential attributes inhering in that status.’


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘stick, cling to’): from Latin inhaerere stick to.