Pronunciation: (in-her'i-tuns),[key] —n. 1. something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner's death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy.
2. the genetic characters transmitted from parent to offspring, taken collectively.
3. something, as a quality, characteristic, or other immaterial possession, received from progenitors or predecessors as if by succession: an inheritance of family pride. 4. the act or fact of inheriting by succession, as if by succession, or genetically: to receive property by inheritance. 5. portion; birthright; heritage: Absolute rule was considered the inheritance of kings. 6. Obs.right of possession; ownership.