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From Latin inhaerentem, accusative singular of inhaerēns, present active participle of inhaereō (I am closely connected with; adhere to).


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈhɪəɹənt/, /ɪnˈhɛɹənt/
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inherent (not comparable)

  1. Naturally as part or consequence of something.
    Synonyms: inbuilt, ingrained, intrinsic; see also Thesaurus:intrinsic
    Antonyms: extrinsic; see also Thesaurus:extrinsic
    • Lyn Beth Neylon
      You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. [] But out of sight is out of mind. And that, together with the inherent yuckiness of the subject, means that many old sewers have been neglected and are in dire need of repair.

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