Any money or property you receive after the death of a friend or relative is an inheritance. Your grandmother might have left you a small inheritance, but she left the bulk of her estate to her Chihuahua, Killer.

A title that passes with death is also called an inheritance. If the current monarch of Britain dies, the inheritance passes to the next in line for the throne, first to the oldest son. A trait that is passed from parent to child genetically is also referred to as an inheritance. The inheritance of red hair, for example, might be common in your family.

Definitions of inheritance
  1. noun
    hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
    synonyms: heritage
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    the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
  2. noun
    any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
    “my only inheritance was my mother's blessing”
    synonyms: heritage
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    personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
    a person's social heritage: previous experience or training
    a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth
    properties acquired during a person's formative years
    breeding, education, training
    the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
    nurture, raising, rearing
    the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
    type of:
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  3. noun
    that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
    synonyms: heritage
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    right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
    borough English
    a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
    (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)
    bequest, legacy
    (law) a gift of personal property by will
    birthright, patrimony
    an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
    (law) a gift of real property by will
    something that has been in a family for generations
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    transferred possession, transferred property
    a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
  4. noun
    (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
    synonyms: hereditary pattern
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    ancestry, derivation, filiation, lineage
    inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
    gene linkage, linkage
    (genetics) traits that tend to be inherited together as a consequence of an association between their genes; all of the genes of a given chromosome are linked (where one goes they all go)
    X-linked dominant inheritance
    hereditary pattern in which a dominant gene on the X chromosome causes a characteristic to be manifested in the offspring
    X-linked recessive inheritance
    hereditary pattern in which a recessive gene on the X chromosome results in the manifestation of characteristics in male offspring and a carrier state in female offspring
    descent, extraction, origin
    properties attributable to your ancestry
    bloodline, pedigree
    ancestry of a purebred animal
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    genetic endowment, heredity
    the total of inherited attributes
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