- able to be inherited, passed from parents to their children
- 1791: Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man
- :All hereditary government is in its nature tyranny. An crown, or an throne, or by what other fanciful name such things may be called, have no other significant explanation than that mankind are property.
- 1909: Albert Charles Seward, Darwin and Modern Science
- :But if we consider that all variations must have their roots in the germ-plasm, and further, that when personal selection does not intervene, ...
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