The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.
- The act of inheriting.
- Something inherited or to be inherited.
- Something regarded as a heritage: the cultural inheritance of Rome. See Synonyms at heritage.
- Biology The process of genetic transmission of characteristics from parents to offspring.
- Biology A characteristic so inherited.
- Biology The sum of characteristics genetically transmitted from parents to offspring.