• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hereditary inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent "ancestral home","ancestral lore","hereditary monarchy","patrimonial estate","transmissible tradition"
    • adj hereditary occurring among members of a family usually by heredity "an inherited disease","familial traits","genetically transmitted features"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
    • Hereditary Descended, or capable of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or passing by inheritance, or that must pass by inheritance; as, an hereditary estate or crown.
    • Hereditary Transmitted, or capable of being transmitted, as a constitutional quality or condition from a parent to a child; as, hereditary pride, bravery, disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hereditary In law: Descending by inheritance; transmitted or transmissible in the line of descent by force of law; passing to or held by an heir or heirs: as, a hereditary monarchy, office, or estate; hereditary privileges; hereditary bondage.
    • hereditary Holding by inheritance; deriving from ancestors by force of law, as rank, social condition, or property: as, a hereditary peer, proprietor, or bondman.
    • hereditary Pertaining to or resulting from successive generation; transmitted in a line of progeny; passing naturally from parent to offspring: as, hereditary descent; a hereditary line; hereditary features, qualities, or diseases.
    • hereditary Native; patrimonial; ancestral: as, one's hereditary home or occupation; a hereditary opinion or prejudice.
    • hereditary Acting from natal tendency or endowment; having inherited the character or qualifications of; being by force of birth: as, the Bachs were hereditary musicians; the Rothschilds are hereditary financiers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hereditary descending by inheritance: transmitted from parents to their offspring
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  • Plato
    “Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.”
  • Samuel Levenson
    Samuel Levenson
    “Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hereditarius, fr. hereditas, heirship, inheritance, fr. heres, heir: cf. F. héréditaire,. See Heir
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hereditas, the state of an heir—heres, herēdis, an heir.


In literature:

The hereditary officers receive the insignia, and with them get on horseback.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
It is not hereditary, nor can it be said to be contagious.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
People should conscientiously refrain from propagating hereditary diseases.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
It is the token of inestimable privileges, and involves the responsibilities of an hereditary trust.
"Humanity in the City" by E. H. Chapin
What we call instinct is a hereditary habit.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
The shark-charmer's power is believed to be hereditary.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
What was said of hereditary transmission in the second chapter of this work applies here with increased force.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
I could not, in this case, gain any definite information regarding hereditary taint.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
This, at least, shows that an hereditary taint is not invariably conveyed.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
ADAMS, Mr., on hereditary diseases, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The Visigoth monarchy, although in many cases hereditary, was in fact elective.
"A Short History of Spain" by Mary Platt Parmele
The chiefs are hereditary, counting by the female line.
"An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The sachem must be selected within the gens and his office was in a sense hereditary.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
France in the preceding centuries had been the hereditary enemy of England; Spain and Burgundy her hereditary friends.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
It is reported that the hereditary prince intends to seek a divorce from her, as she is childless.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Only, however, in the nuclear substance is to be found the hereditary tendencies.
"Homo-culture" by Martin Luther Holbrook
One century after Charlemagne, the kingship of Germany ceased to be hereditary.
"A Short History of Germany" by Mary Platt Parmele
In such emergencies as this, where a creature of coarser fibre would fail, Molly's hereditary fineness of instinct stood her in good stead.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
This study, however, did not check his hereditary taste for geometry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Until, by sudden passion shaken,
As terriers shake a rat at play,
He finds, all blindly, he has taken
The old, Hereditary way.
"Adoration" by Laurence Hope
'By these late years their names,
Their virtues, their hereditary claims,
May be as near defacement at their grave-place
As are their fames.'
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
But if Regard to Worth or Sense is shewn,
That poor degenerate Child her Friends disown,
Who dares to deviate, by a virtuous Choice,
From her great Name's hereditary Vice.
"An Elegy To A Young Lady" by James Hammond

In news:

K, for the Hereditary Breast Cancer Clinical Study Group.
In the general population, including Jews, roughly 1 in 1,000 children is born deaf , half from hereditary deafness .
North Korea leader Kim Jong-il's oldest son, Kim Jong-nam, said he is 'personally opposed to the hereditary transfer' of power to his half-brother, Kim Jong-un.
Myriad Looks Healthy Thanks To Robust Sales Of Hereditary Cancer Test.
Breast cancer risk can be hereditary , though not in all cases.
National Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week: September 23-30 National Previvor Day: Wednesday, September 26.
Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
Hereditary diseases scare many into shape.
The Director of the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton weighs in on Task Force recommendation.
Alexandr Dolgopolov tells the New Straits Times that he suffers from Gilbert's syndrome, a hereditary condition that affects the liver and causes repeated bouts of jaundice .
Liechtenstein 's hereditary monarch retained his veto powers after winning a referendum sparked by his threat to block moves to legalize abortion in the Alpine principality.
K, the Hereditary Ovarian Cancer Clinical Study Group.
The German government is considering a law that would cancel all the trial judgments that forced mentally ill people to be sterilised during the Nazi era 350 000 people with "hereditary diseases" were sterilised.
Is there something in the American character that causes us to reject the idea of bowing to a hereditary monarch.
Germline mutations in PTEN cause Cowden syndrome and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, which are hereditary hamartoma syndromes.

In science:

If v , w ∈ E 0 then we write v ≥ w if there is a path from v to w . A subset H of E 0 is hereditary if v ∈ H and v ≥ w implies that w ∈ H . A hereditary subset H is saturated if there is no vertex v ∈ E 0\H with 0 < |s−1(v )| < ∞ such that r(e) ∈ H for all e ∈ s−1 (v ).
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
Recall from [BHRSz] that a nontrivial saturated hereditary subset H of E gives rise to a nontrivial gauge invariant ideal IH of C ∗ (E ).
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
Hence Σ(L{w} ) is a nontrivial saturated hereditary subset of E 0 and so gives rise to a nontrivial gauge invariant ideal IΣ(L{w} ) of C ∗ (E ).
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
Let E be a directed graph, and suppose that H ⊂ E 0 is a nonempty saturated hereditary subset of E 0 such that H 6= E 0 , then C ∗ (E )γ is not simple.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
Let H be a nontrivial saturated hereditary subset of E 0 and IH be the gauge invariant ideal of C ∗(E ) generated by {pv : v ∈ H }.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
If E is not cofinal then, by the proof of Theorem 3.1, there is a nontrivial saturated hereditary subset of E 0 which gives rise to a nontrivial ideal in C ∗(E )γ by Lemma 6.4.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
We say that A has Property (SP) if every nonzero hereditary subalgebra in A contains a nonzero pro jection.
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
Property (SP) obviously passes to hereditary subalgebras, so we see that A has Property (SP) if and only if B has Property (SP).
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
It therefore follows from Proposition 4.5 that Aα is isomorphic to a hereditary subalgebra in C ∗ (Zn , A, α).
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
Since everything is unital, C ∗ (Zn , A, α) is isomorphic to a hereditary subalgebra in some matrix algebra over Aα .
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
Following the definition in , a real C*-algebra A is purely infinite if each hereditary subalgebra of the form xAx for a nonzero positive element x contains an infinite pro jection.
The Range of United K-Theory
Replacing h by ˜h := (h − ε · 1)+ ∈ aAa, we obtain an element with finite spectrum such that ka − ˜hk < 2ε and 0 ≤ ˜h ≤ a. (By , Corolary 2.8, any hereditary C ∗ -subalgebra of A has real rank zero if A has.) (i) Let A be a C ∗ -algebra.
On topologically finite-dimensional simple C*-algebras
Theorem Every unital simple C ∗ -algebra satisfying (1) and (2) in 2.2 has property (SP), i.e., every hereditary C ∗ -subalgebra contains a nonzero projection.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one
Proof: Let A be a unital simple C ∗ -algebra satisfying (1) and (2) and B ⊂ A be a hereditary C ∗ subalgebra.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one
Proof: If Mn (A) is TAI, then by identifying A with a unital hereditary C ∗ -subalgebra of Mn(A) and by using 3.4, we know A is TAI.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one