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Dictionary definition for: Hereditary

1. (s) tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity; "an inherited disease" "familial traits" "genetically transmitted features"

2. (s) inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home" "ancestral lore" "hereditary monarchy" "patrimonial estate" "transmissible tradition"

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