- 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.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away. --1 Pet. i. 4. [1913 Webster]
To you th' inheritance belongs by right Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
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. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]
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. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.