Definition of inheritable in English:



  • Capable of being inherited.

    ‘these characteristics are inheritable’
    ‘inheritable property’
    • ‘There are many sources of inheritable variation in biology.’
    • ‘However, when registered wills from the early 19th century to the present are examined, berths were never mentioned as inheritable property.’
    • ‘The degree to which migrant groups continue to be racially defined will have huge consequences for their children, because race, unlike ethnicity, has historically been viewed as an inheritable trait.’
    • ‘Germ or reproductive cells are the body cells that develop into the egg or sperm of a developing organism and convey its inheritable characteristics.’
    • ‘The simple engine of evolution - inheritable changes in the species occurring over thousands of generations - can produce extraordinary results.’
    • ‘This suggests the existence of inheritable traits connected with tolerance of submergence that apply to a wide range of conditions.’
    • ‘Genetic changes in the hemoglobin molecule that affect the shape of the red blood cell and the oxygen carrying capacity of the cell result in the inheritable diseases of sickle-cell anemia and beta-thalassemia.’
    • ‘These new privileges were to be perpetual and inheritable, like any other form of personal property.’
    • ‘Collecting often runs in families - think of the Rothschilds - suggesting that it is an inheritable trait.’
    • ‘First, reproductive cloning and inheritable genetic modification should be banned.’
    • ‘In many areas land is communal property of a kin or local group, while household goods, personal items, or productive equipment are familial or individual inheritable property.’
    • ‘Nearly everyone would like something to pass on to his descendants, yet there is no inheritable property accumulation in our Social Security system.’
    • ‘But I hadn't realized that conning was an inheritable trait.’
    • ‘Because organisms vary, selection is non-random, and because variation is inheritable, populations of organisms change as one generation succeeds another.’
    • ‘An action of the environment on the organism to produce selectable and inheritable variation would solve a number of problems for Darwin.’
    • ‘As they came to view themselves as the originators of their work, they also began to claim that their creations were their own property, as susceptible to legal protection and as inheritable or saleable as any other form of property.’
    • ‘In the post-genome era, disease gene mapping using dense genetic markers has become an important tool for dissecting complex inheritable diseases.’
    • ‘Smith creates a ‘money plot’ and centers the novel's love story of Orlando and Monimia around the Manor House, Rayland Hall, as inheritable property.’
    • ‘All kinds of property including slaves are inheritable by relatives.’
    • ‘The nineteenth-century interest in craniometry and the ranking of species and races had assumed that intelligence was both biological and inheritable.’


Late Middle English (formerly also as enheritable): from Anglo-Norman French enheritable able to be made heir from Old French enheriter (see inherit).