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It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
  passed from parent to child
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hereditary heredity hereditarily
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Hereditary typically refers to something genetically passed from parent to child, but it can also refer to something passed on by law or custom — such as royalty.
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  • It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
  • It is an unfortunate hereditary condition that is not easily detected even by the regular and thorough cardiac screening.
  • a stratified society of hereditary castes
  • a rare hereditary form of cancer

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  • I was no hereditary alcoholic.
    Jack London  --  John Barleycorn
  • Their belief in the Unseen, so far as it manifests itself at all, seems to be rather a pagan kind; their moral notions, though held with strong tenacity, seem to have no standard beyond hereditary custom.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Something natural, as if being on the water were beyond his control, part of a gene passed on to him from some obscure hereditary pool.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Then, at Aslan’s command, Peter ... and confirmed the Bulgy Bear in his hereditary office of Marshal of the Lists.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate,
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • it is too fruitful a subject, this of hereditary resemblances,—the frequent recurrence of which, in a direct line, is truly unaccountable, when we consider how large an accumulation of ancestry lies behind every man at the distance of one or two centuries.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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  • As I scanned the group I could not help but feel at the same time a slight but real awkwardness over my bony hide and its hereditary paleness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His face was pink and swollen with premature middle age, and I thought, not for the first time, how there’d been no freedom for Platt in his refusal to grow up, how by slacking off too long he’d managed to destroy every last glimmer of his hereditary privilege; and now he was always going to be loitering at the margins of the party with his gin and lime while his baby brother Toddy—still in college—stood talking in a group which included the president of an Ivy League college, a
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I never understood her preoccupation with heredity.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • In principle, membership of these three groups is not hereditary.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The hereditary Emperor is nearly dead and has been for many centuries.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He no longer seemed stout, though he still had the appearance of solidity and strength hereditary in his family.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Major Cavalcanti is already one, perhaps; but then, hereditary rank is abolished.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I told her that doctors used to use the word idiocy to refer to mental retardation, and to the brain damage that accompanied hereditary syphilis.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • There was a deep-seated hatred of the Empire in Carvahall, almost hereditary in nature.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Can knowledge of boring Egyptian stuff be hereditary?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • He hoped it wasn’t hereditary.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • She believes in heredity and hierarchy.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They quickened the old life within him, and the old tricks which they had stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Scorning a turnstile wheel at her reverend helm, she sported there a tiller; and that tiller was in one mass, curiously carved from the long narrow lower jaw of her hereditary foe.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Nothing hereditary?" he asked, seriously.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But Hobbits have never, in fact, studied magic of any kind, and their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill that heredity and practice, and a close friendship with the earth, have rendered inimitable by bigger and clumsier races.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • White Fang grew stronger, heavier, and more compact, while his character was developing along the lines laid down by his heredity and his environment.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "The same man," Langdon said, "who ordered the Knights Templar to recover the Sangreal documents from beneath Solomon’s Temple and thus provide the Merovingians proof of their hereditary ties to Jesus Christ."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • You, gentlemen, who by nationality, by heredity, or by the possession of natural gifts, are fitted to hold your respective places in the moving world, I take to witness that I am as sane as at least the majority of men who are in full possession of their liberties.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The race knows its own mortality and fears stagnation of its heredity.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If the latter, gratitude must close our mouths; but if the former, both Cora and I shall have need to draw largely on that stock of hereditary courage which we boast, even before we are made to encounter the redoubtable Montcalm.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Yes, but it’s hereditary, my dear fellow.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The serf wore the customary garb of serving-men at that period, and long before, in the old hereditary halls of England.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • On most occasions, her youth did not show-due to the influence of her hereditary instincts and memories-but, in this arena, she was even more inexperienced than he was with his feeble stabs at romance in Carvahall and Tronjheim.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • To thee and thine hereditary ever Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom; No less in space, validity, and pleasure Than that conferr’d on Goneril.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • We know that this so-called "wild talent" is really a hereditary trait, produced by a gene that is usually recessive, if present at all.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • On the contrary, all of the results strongly suggest that our environment plays as big — if not bigger — a role as heredity in shaping personality and intelligence.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Jose Arcadio, his older brother, would pass on that wonderful image as a hereditary memory to all of his descendants.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • When a cell divides into two, two identical cells are produced with exactly the same hereditary factors.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Temple turned back to Stephen and asked: —Do you believe in the law of heredity?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • His scientific heredity might have bequeathed him a wider world but he seemed to have deliberately chosen the standpoint of an humbler class, a choice typified by his selection of a wife.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • A virgin is his mother, but his sire The power of the Most High: He shall ascend The throne hereditary, and bound his reign With Earth’s wide bounds, his glory with the Heavens.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature; what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • He entered, then, bowed to those present with the hereditary smile of the great for the people, and directed his course slowly towards his scarlet velvet arm-chair, with the air of thinking of something quite different.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She’s always said that when sovereignty is vested in a single person whose right to rule is hereditary, the principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community are irrevocably lost.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • So maybe she considers you partly responsible through heredity for what happened to her and her family through him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The fourth spoke thus in his turn: "I am the King of Poland; the fortune of war has stripped me of my hereditary dominions; my father underwent the same vicissitudes; I resign myself to Providence in the same manner as Sultan Achmet, the Emperor Ivan, and King Charles Edward, whom God long preserve; and I am come to the Carnival at Venice."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The king was the true hereditary leader of the Zulus, who loved and respected him.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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