What does the word hereditary mean?

    Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Descending by inheritance.

Usage examples for hereditary

  1. She sat watching the little fire, and brooding almost to insanity over the strange revolution that a few hours had made in her life, driving her so suddenly from her own hereditary manor- house, her home of wealth and honor and safety, out into the perilous wilderness, a fugitive from the law. – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  2. Membership is hereditary; for in India, as in all oriental countries, it is customary for children to follow the trade or profession of their father. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis