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Dictionary definition for: Inherent

1. (s) existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity" "a constitutional inability to tell the truth"

2. (s) present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

3. (s) in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach" "an underlying meaning"

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