Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
 
Lookup History
inherent

in·her·ent

inherent

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn hi rnt [or] ihn he rnt
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: existing in or belonging to something as an essential or inborn part of its nature; innate; intrinsic.
Traveling upstream to spawn is part of an inherent instinct in salmon.Some people believe evil is inherent in humans.
 
synonyms:
constitutional, immanent, innate, intrinsic, native
antonyms:
acquired, adventitious, extrinsic
similar words:
basic, built-in, congenital, essential, fundamental, inborn, inbred, inseparable, instinctive, natural, organic, temperamental
definition 2: legally belonging to something regardless of external circumstances or the passage of time.
These are the inherent powers of government.
synonyms:
inalienable
similar words:
constitutional, inveterate, legal, native, natural
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivation: inherently (adv.)
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature