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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
inheritance tax (=tax paid on money, property etc that you receive from someone when they die)
▪ Inheritance tax applies to the total value of the deceased’s assets.
inheritance tax
▪ They were unable to determine whether this risk profile reflected cultural inheritance or difficulty in becoming pregnant.
▪ She has no hidden political agenda, but she does challenge the cultural inheritance that would encourage her silence.
▪ Lay ideas and theories are seen to be the product of the individual's experiences and cultural inheritance or identity.
▪ If he did, the probability is that his genetic inheritance played its part somewhere along the line.
▪ I appreciate that scientists may believe our characteristics and tendencies are passed on by genetic inheritance.
▪ Likes and dislikes can not be put down to pure genetic inheritance alone.
▪ Temperament seems to be the result of three different factors - genetic inheritance, past experience and present environment.
▪ The evidence for genetic inheritance is much less strong for the less severe forms of depression.
▪ But the loudest gripes concerned my criticism of the legislation to phase out inheritance tax.
▪ The current form of death duty is called inheritance tax.
▪ Would there be any likelihood of a future charge under inheritance tax?
▪ Property left to a surviving spouse remains, as before, free of inheritance tax.
▪ Thus inheritance tax is concerned with gratuitous transactions. 5.
▪ There was no thought in those days of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or of inheritance tax.
▪ If there is no issue, £125,000, free of inheritance tax.
▪ We receive our inheritance in discrete particles.
▪ Garth doesn't work; he just lives off his inheritance.
▪ our literary inheritance
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inheritance \In*her"it*ance\, n. [Cf. OF. enheritance.]

  1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.

  2. That which is or may be inherited; that which is derived by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a possession which passes by descent.

    When the man dies, let the inheritance Descend unto the daughter.

  3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.

    To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.
    --1 Pet. i.

  4. 4. Possession; ownership; acquisition. ``The inheritance of their loves.''

    To you th' inheritance belongs by right Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love.

  5. (Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.

  6. (Law) A perpetual or continuing right which a man and his heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to an heir in course of law.

    Note: The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined to the title to land and tenements by a descent.
    --Mozley & W.

    Men are not proprietors of what they have, merely for themselves; their children have a title to part of it which comes to be wholly theirs when death has put an end to their parents' use of it; and this we call inheritance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., enheritaunce "fact of receiving by hereditary succession;" early 15c. as "that which is inherited," from Anglo-French enheritance, Old French enheritaunce, from enheriter (see inherit). Heritance "act of inheriting" is from mid-15c.


n. 1 The passing of title to an estate upon death. 2 (lb en countable) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament. 3 (lb en biology) The biological attributes passed hereditarily from ancestors to their offspring. 4 (lb en programming object-oriented) In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.

  1. n. hereditary succession to a title or an office or property [syn: heritage]

  2. that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner [syn: heritage]

  3. (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents [syn: hereditary pattern]

  4. any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge" [syn: heritage]


Inheritance is the practice of passing on property, titles, debts, rights, and obligations upon the death of an individual. It has long played an important role in human societies. The rules of inheritance differ between societies and have changed over time.

Inheritance (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

"Inheritance" is the 162nd episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the tenth episode of the seventh season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. In this episode, as the Enterprise helps a planet to survive, Lieutenant Commander Data ( Brent Spiner) must work with two local scientists, one of whom is revealed to be his mother.

Inheritance (genetic algorithm)

In genetic algorithms, inheritance is the ability of modeled objects to mate, mutate (similar to biological mutation), and propagate their problem solving genes to the next generation, in order to produce an evolved solution to a particular problem. The selection of objects that will be inherited from in each successive generation is determined by a fitness function, which varies depending upon the problem being addressed.

The traits of these objects are passed on through chromosomes by a means similar to biological reproduction. These chromosomes are generally represented by a series of genes, which in turn are usually represented using binary numbers. This propagation of traits between generations is similar to the inheritance of traits between generations of biological organisms. This process can also be viewed as a form of reinforcement learning, because the evolution of the objects is driven by the passing of traits from successful objects which can be viewed as a reward for their success, thereby promoting beneficial traits.

Inheritance (disambiguation)

Inheritance is the transferring of property and debt upon death to a beneficiary.

Inheritance may also refer to:

Inheritance (object-oriented programming)

In object-oriented programming, inheritance is when an object or class is based on another object ( prototypal inheritance) or class ( class-based inheritance), using the same implementation (inheriting from an object or class) specifying implementation to maintain the same behavior (realizing an interface; inheriting behavior). It is a mechanism for code reuse and to allow independent extensions of the original software via public classes and interfaces. The relationships of objects or classes through inheritance give rise to a hierarchy. Inheritance was invented in 1967 for Simula. The term "inheritance" is loosely used for both class-based and prototype-based programming, but in narrow use is reserved for class-based programming (one class inherits from another), with the corresponding technique in prototype-based programming being instead called delegation (one object delegates to another).

Inheritance should not be confused with subtyping. In some languages inheritance and subtyping agree, whereas in others they differ; in general, subtyping establishes an is-a relationship, whereas inheritance only reuses implementation and establishes a syntactic relationship, not necessarily a semantic relationship (inheritance does not ensure behavioral subtyping). To distinguish these concepts, subtyping is also known as interface inheritance, whereas inheritance as defined here is known as implementation inheritance or code inheritance. Still, inheritance is a commonly used mechanism for establishing subtype relationships.

Inheritance is contrasted with object composition, where one object contains another object (or objects of one class contain objects of another class); see composition over inheritance. Composition implements a has-a relationship, in contrast to the is-a relationship of subtyping.

Inheritance (TV series)

Inheritance was a 1967 Granada produced ITV drama based on a 1932 novel by Phyllis Bentley.

The ten-part period drama revolved around the fortunes of the Oldroyds, a Yorkshire mill owning family from 1812 to 1965. The early part of the series featured the Luddite riots involving the burning of mills and the subsequent execution of those responsible. The series turned the expression "There's trouble at t'mill" into a catchphrase.

The series featured Michael Goodliffe, John Thaw and James Bolam in leading roles over the generations. Each new generation saw Goodliffe and Thaw playing father and eldest son with Bolam usually playing the part of the younger son. The series also included later books by Phyllis Bentley including The Rise of Henry Morcar and A Man of His Time.

Cast with original parts

  • Michael Goodliffe as William Oldroyd
  • Daphne Heard as Janie Smith-Oldroyd
  • Royston Tickner as Charley Mellor
  • Madeleine Christie as Charlotte Stancliffe
  • John Thaw as Will Oldroyd
  • Wilfred Pickles as mill overlooker
  • Thelma Whiteley as Mary Bamforth
  • Judy Wilson as Martha Ackroyd
  • James Bolam as Joe Bamforth
  • David Burke as Henry Morcar
  • Basil Dignam as Mr. Shaw
Inheritance (2012 film)

Inheritance is a 2012 drama film directed by and starring Hiam Abbass in her feature film directorial debut. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Haifa International Film Festival.

Inheritance (2001 film)

Inheritance is a 2001 Argentine drama film directed by Paula Hernández. It was entered into the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.

Inheritance (1920 film)

Inheritance is a 1920 British silent drama film directed by Wilfred Noy and starring Mary Odette and Jack Hobbs.

Inheritance (Audrey Assad album)

Inheritance is the fourth studio album from Audrey Assad. Fortunate Fall Records released the album on February 12, 2016.

Inheritance (short story)

"Inheritance" is a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, which was first published in 1947 in New Worlds, no. 3, as by 'Charles Willis'. It was subsequently published in the British edition of Astounding Science Fiction in 1949, and as part of a short story collection in Expedition to Earth in 1953.

It is a science-fiction story about two spaceship accidents involving a test pilot. The story contains elements which might be construed as supernatural. The title refers to a son who takes up his father's profession.

An interesting coincidence about this story from the 1940s is that the main payload rocket involved in the first accident is described in ways very similar to modern-day space shuttles.

Inheritance (Paolini novel)

Inheritance is a 2011 novel written by American author Christopher Paolini. It is the fourth novel in the Inheritance Cycle.

The Inheritance Cycle was originally intended to be a trilogy, but Paolini has stated that during writing, the length of Brisingr grew, and the book was split into two parts to be published separately. Because of this, many plot elements originally intended for Brisingr are in Inheritance.

Since the release of Inheritance, Paolini has expressed his future interest in expanding upon Alagaësia and the Inheritance Cycle. In an interview, he talked about a potential "book five," a prequel centering on Brom, and said that he has planned "around seven more stories set in Alagaësia — and one of those is in fact a series."

Inheritance (2006 film)

Inheritance is a 2006 documentary film about Monika Hertwig a.k.a. Monika Christiane Knauss, the daughter of Ruth Irene Kalder and Amon Goeth, Commandant of Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. Monika Hertwig was 10 months old when her father was hanged in 1946 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. She discovered the truth about him only as a young adult, because her own mother told her in childhood that he was a good man and a war hero.

The film was produced for PBS by James Moll, film director, documentary producer and the Founding Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute focusing on testimonies of the Holocaust survivors. In 2009, Inheritance was nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and received an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Interview.

Usage examples of "inheritance".

As the points of affinity of the bizcacha to Marsupials are believed to be real and not merely adaptive, they are due on my theory to inheritance in common.

The kingdoms of Transoxiana and Persia were the proper field which he labored to cultivate and adorn, as the perpetual inheritance of his family.

I have my inheritance from Lady Agatine Slegin, and he has his earnings from his years as a Minstrel.

Why a top officer of the powerful Bank of Spica should want to quiz Floyt about his inheritance, then try to shoot him and Alacrity, was still a puzzle.

Uncle Ames was forbidden by that same will to give them any, under threat of losing his own inheritance.

Even if they were put aside, that attainder passed against the Duke of Clarence was an insufficient reason to deprive his son of his lawful inheritance.

The farm was in profit, the rents from the village brought in sufficient revenue to see to repairs, and his inheritance from the Basher had left him a wealthy man.

I am much inclined to think, that the right succession or inheritance much depends on those connexions of the imagination, and that the relation to a former proprietor begetting a relation to the object, is the cause why the property is transferred to a man after the death of his kinsman.

Nothing prevents a beneficiary from rejecting his right to an inheritance.

Bondmen and bondmaids, as property, without limitation of time, and transmissible as inheritance to children, might be bought of surrounding nations.

The answer she thus gave was the answer of a conservative bourgeoise, who held that it would be more just if the inheritance should go to an illegitimate scion of the house rather than to a stranger.

They were all creaking floorboards in the cellarage of the brain, inheritances from our eo-human days.

Gabriel to find a wife, and a rich one at that, now that he could not count on the Clyme inheritance.

The cuneiform script was an inheritance from the non-Semitic predecessors of the Semites in Babylonia, and in this script the characters represented words as well as sounds.

I suppose that, all alone, with a baby on the way and no inheritance, she took what she could get, in this case, a job as a waitress in a restaurant in Dingle Town.