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Definition passed from parent to child
  • It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • 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
  • 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
  • I never understood her preoccupation with heredity.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • heredity = what is passed from parent to child to grandchild
  • 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
  • hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • 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
  • hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate,
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • 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
  • hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • Once, when Aunty assured us that Miss Stephanie Crawford's tendency to mind other people's business was hereditary, Atticus said, "Sister, when you stop to think about it, our generation's practically the first in the Finch family not to marry its cousins."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • hereditary = passed from parent to child
  • He was naked, broad-shouldered, thin-waisted-the Indian body again triumphant— and it was his hereditary office to close the gates of salvation.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • 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
  • The king was the true hereditary leader of the Zulus, who loved and respected him.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Perhaps more important, parents with higher IQs tend to get more education, and IQ is strongly hereditary.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Was there anything congenital or hereditary?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He no longer seemed stout, though he still had the appearance of solidity and strength hereditary in his family.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • When a cell divides into two, two identical cells are produced with exactly the same hereditary factors.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • 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

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