Definition of inhere in English:



[no object]inhere in/within
  • 1Exist essentially or permanently in.

    ‘the potential for change that inheres within the adult education world’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Partly that is a result of rancor and opportunism, but it also inheres in a pre-emptive engagement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a material thing to exist is for its form actually to inhere in its matter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Political force also inheres in the idea that families and the government should both be responsible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For her, the urge to compete does not inhere in man's nature, nor does it result in anything other than violent strife.’
    • ‘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 associative series gives form to and foregrounds the idea of continuance, embodying the way the past inheres in and deforms the present.’
    • ‘The ideological illusion inheres in the practice.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is these physical improvements and any value directly attributable to and inhering in them that have to be excluded from valuation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First, the original monopoly power inhered in land ownership.’


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