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English definition of “inheritance”

inheritance

noun [C usually singular, U] (QUALITY)    /ɪnˈher.ɪ.təns/
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 .Innate and congenitalGeneticsGeneticsInnate and congenital
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