he·red·i·tary /həˈrɛdəˌtɛrɪ/ 形容詞
1. Descended, or capable of descending, from an ancestor to an heir at law; received or passing by inheritance, or that must pass by inheritance; as, an hereditary estate or crown.
2. Transmitted, or capable of being transmitted, as a constitutional quality or condition from a parent to a child; as, hereditary pride, bravery, disease.
Syn: -- Ancestral; patrimonial; inheritable.
adj 1: tending to occur among members of a family usually by
heredity; "an inherited disease"; "familial traits";
"genetically transmitted features" [syn: familial, genetic,
inherited, transmitted, transmissible]
2: inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal
rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral lore";
"hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate";
"transmissible tradition" [syn: ancestral, patrimonial,