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inheritance

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

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.
Translations of “inheritance”
in Chinese (Traditional) 繼承, 繼承的遺產…
in Russian наследство…
in Turkish miras, kalıt, veraset…
in Chinese (Simplified) 继承, 继承的遗产…
in Polish spadek…
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