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inheritance

noun [C usually singular, U] uk   /ɪnˈher.ɪ.təns/ us  

inheritance noun [C usually singular, U] (FROM DEAD PERSON)

C2 money or objects that someone gives you when they die: The large inheritance from his aunt meant that he could buy his own boat. At 21 she came into her inheritance (= it was given to her).

inheritance noun [C usually singular, U] (QUALITY)

a physical or mental characteristic inherited from your parents, or the process by which this happens: genetic inheritance A particular gene is responsible for the inheritance of eye colour.
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