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To receive property according to the state laws of intestate succession from a decedent who has failed to execute a valid will, or, where the term is applied in a more general sense, to receive the property of a decedent by will.


v. to receive all or a portion of the estate of an ancestor upon his/her death, usually from a parent or other close relative pursuant to the laws of descent. Technically, one would "inherit" only if there is no will, but popularly it means any taking from the estate of a relative, including a wife or husband, by will or not. (See: descent and distribution, will, intestacy, intestate succession, heir, heiress)

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The laws governing inheritance are quite unknown; no one can say why the same peculiarity in different individuals of the same species, and in individuals of different species, is sometimes inherited and sometimes not so; why the child often reverts in certain characters to its grandfather or grandmother or other much more remote ancestor; why a peculiarity is often transmitted from one sex to both sexes or to one sex alone, more commonly but not exclusively to the like sex.
Even in the case of the domestic dogs of the whole world, which I fully admit have probably descended from several wild species, I cannot doubt that there has been an immense amount of inherited variation.
The short-faced tumbler has a beak in outline almost like that of a finch; and the common tumbler has the singular and strictly inherited habit of flying at a great height in a compact flock, and tumbling in the air head over heels.
Inherited bleeding disorders: Health care professionals and the 455 New Zealanders living with inherited bleeding disorders can now access a new educational video podcast designed to raise awareness of the importance of accessing effective diagnosis and treatment for those affected by inherited bleeding disorders.
"Inherited Sins" is a moving tale of Reverend Fletcher and his relationship with Johnnie Marie.
Traditionally, a spouse was able to roll over the assets of an inherited 401(k) into an IRA.
According to lore, he was simply a monk who worked with peas and discovered how traits such as flower color were inherited through generations.
Having inherited the family fortune, an enormous landholding, he now wants more: he wants to inherit eternal life.
Feeling guilty about possibly inducing his father's death, Jake finds out that he has inherited his father's vulnerable genetic make-up.
The goal: to create a new breed that carries the most desired traits, or inherited characteristics, of both its parents (see Nuts & Bolts, p.
The presentation divides risk factors into four groups: personal or estrogen-related risk, lifestyle risk, environmental risk, and genetic or inherited risk.
For years the consensus opinion has been that the ectodermal dysplasias (EDs) are inherited disorders that affect two or more derivatives of the embryonic ectoderm.

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