in·her·it /in-'her-it/ vb [Middle French enheriter to make one an heir, from Late Latin inhereditare, from Latin in- in + hereditas inheritance]
1: to receive (property) from an estate by operation of the laws of intestacy; broadly: to receive (property) either by will or through intestate succession
vi: to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance
in·her·i·tor /in-'her-i-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accede to, acquire, acquire from ancestors, be granted a legacy, be the heir of, come into possession as an heir, derive from, fall heir to, gain, have succession as an heir, obtain, receive, receive a legacy, receive an endowment, receive as right, receive by bequest, receive by devise, receive by law of descent, receive by succession, receive property as an heir, rem hereditate accipere, succeed to, take, take as an heir, take by descent, take by inheritance, take by succession II index accede (succeed), hold (possess), receive (acquire)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To receive property or money as an heir after the owner’s death; technically refers to receiving property by the rules of descent and distribution when the owner dies without a will, but has also come to mean receiving property through a will.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To receive property from someone who has died. Traditionally, the word "inherit" applied only when one received property from a relative who died without a will. Currently, however, the word is used whenever someone receives property from the estate of a deceased person.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To receive a transfer of property under intestacy laws, or as a bequest, upon the death of a relative.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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