Definition of inherent in English:


See synonyms for inherent

Translate inherent into Spanish


  • 1Existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.

    ‘any form of mountaineering has its inherent dangers’
    • ‘the symbolism inherent in all folk tales’
    • ‘You may question his characters' motivation, but never doubt their sincerity or inherent goodness.’
    • ‘I have always been conscious of the inherent dangers to our natural world from our industry.’
    • ‘The right to exclude non-citizens is an inherent attribute of sovereignty, but the scope of the exclusion is a matter of policy.’
    • ‘There are some dangers inherent in the consolidation of our intelligence structure.’
    • ‘In fact, his paintings still contained many of the disturbing characteristics inherent in his wartime work.’
    • ‘As social creatures, our need for human interaction is essential and inherent.’
    • ‘One of the characteristics inherent in African elections is voter apathy.’
    • ‘We suggest that there may also be a class dimension inherent in this characterization.’
    • ‘The authors point out that this vulnerability is an inherent part of the existing system.’
    • ‘Thirdly, the inherent weaknesses of using existing census data are readily admitted by health economists.’
    • ‘The constituents of divine knowledge essentially represent the inherent divinity of man.’
    • ‘Evil is inherent, an essential trait, that determines how you will act in the world.’
    • ‘While these patterns are not inherent or permanent, they are certainly not easy to do away with.’
    • ‘Elective dictatorship is a danger inherent in our system.’
    • ‘There are many things in life which have inherent dangers.’
    • ‘A good art critic is able to bring up for discussion the issues and implications that are inherent in a film, book, or album.’
    • ‘The town had been built on the large stone shelf specifically for the inherent natural defensive properties of the surroundings.’
    • ‘It is true to say that the inherent risks of injury from rare and random causes arises in every surgical procedure.’
    • ‘This demonstrates the inherent uncertainty within certain areas of the criminal law.’
    • ‘So one cannot say that it is inherent in the nature of the tax power that there will be discrimination.’
    intrinsic, innate, immanent, built-in, inborn, ingrained, deep-rooted
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Law Vested in someone as a right or privilege.
      ‘the president's inherent foreign affairs power’
      • ‘In my opinion, this is not a matter falling within my inherent jurisdiction as a superior court judge.’
      • ‘I would regard them as powers which are inherent in its jurisdiction.’
      • ‘It does not indicate that the court has an inherent power to enlarge a statutory time limit.’
      • ‘I just query whether that is so in view of the inherent power of the Court.’
      • ‘This, as it seems to me, neatly encapsulates the balance which is inherent in the Tribunal's task under the Act.’



/inˈhirənt/ /ɪnˈhɪrənt/ /inˈherənt/ /ɪnˈhɛrənt/


Late 16th century from Latin inhaerent- ‘sticking to’, from the verb inhaerere, from in- ‘in, towards’ + haerere ‘to stick’.