Definitions of Inheritance
- (noun) Anything an individual receives from another individual after they die—typically money or property.
- (noun) Any traits passed from an individual or group to future generations.
Examples of Inheritance
Types of Inheritance
- American English – /in-hAIR-uh-tuhns/
- British English – /in-hE-ri-tuhns/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ɪnˈhɛrətəns/
- British English – /ɪnˈhɛrɪtəns/
- Plural: inheritances
- Receiving an inheritance from an individual before they die is called preheritance and is an inter vivo transfer of wealth.
- Not to be confused with succession, which is the transfer of a particular office or status to another individual (e.g., son becoming king after his father dies).
- An (noun) inheritor (verb) inherits (adjective) inheritable property.
- “[Inheritance is b]roadly defined as one’s initial starting point in life based on parental position, includes a set of cumulative nonmerit advantage for all except the poorest of the poor. These include enhanced childhood standards of living, differential access to cultural capital, differential access to social networks of power and influence, infusions of parental capital while parents are still alive, greater health and life expectancy, and the inheritance of bulk estates when parents die” (McNamee and Miller 2013:71).
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “inheritance” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- career inheritance
- family life cycle
- family of orientation
- family of procreation
- partible inheritance
McNamee, Stephen J., and Robert K. Miller, Jr. 2013. The Meritocracy Myth. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/inheritance/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
inheritance. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/inheritance/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/inheritance/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“inheritance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/inheritance/>.