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inherent adj
1 existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity"; "a constitutional inability to tell the truth" [syn: built-in, constitutional, inbuilt, integral]
2 present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development [syn: congenital, inborn, innate]
3 in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning" [syn: implicit in(p), underlying]

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  • /Inhirənt/ or /Inherənt/, /Inhir@nt/ or /Inher@nt/.


From inhaerentem (nominative of inhaerens, present participle of inhaerere)


  1. A natural part or consequence of something.
    You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. — (Lyn Beth Neylon'').


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