in·her·i·tance /in-'her-ə-təns/ n
1: the act of inheriting: as
a: the acquisition of real or personal property under the laws of intestacy or sometimes by will
b: the succession upon the death of an owner either by will or by operation of law to all the estate, rights, and liabilities of the decedent
2 a: something that is or may be inherited
b: something to which one is entitled as heir
increasing the son's potential inheritance under [the] willLesnick v. Lesnick, 577 So. 2d 856 (1991)

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

I noun appanage, benefaction, bequest, devise, dispensation, endowment, gift, hereditas, heritage, inherited property, legacy, presentation, property obtained by descent, property obtained by devise, provision, seisin, succession of property associated concepts: coparcenary, curtesy, descent, distribution, dower, inheritance estate, inheritance tax, intestate succession, patrimony, wills foreign phrases:
- Haereditas, alia corporalis, alia incorporalis; corporalis est quae tangi potest et videri; incorporalis quae tangi non potest nee videri. — An inheritance is either corporeal or incorporeal, corporeal is that which can be touched and seen, incorporeal is that which can neither be touched nor seen
- Feodum simplex quia feodum idem est quod haereditas, et simplex idem est quod legitimum vel purum; et sic feodum simplex idem est quod haereditas legitima vel haereditas pura. — A fee-simple is so called because fee is the same as inheritance, and simple is the same as lawful or pure, and so fee-simple is the same as a lawful inheritance or pure inheritance.
- Filius est nomen naturae, sed haeres nomen juris. — Son is the natural name, but heir is a name of law
- Haeredum appellatione veniunt haeredes haeredumin infinitum. — Under the name heirs come the heirs of heirs without limit
- Haereditas est successio in universum jus quod defunctus habuerit. — Inheritance is the succession to every right which the deceased had possessed
- Haereditas nihil aliud est, quam successio in universum jus, quod defunctus habuerit. — An inheritance is nothing other than the succession to all the rights which the deceased had
- Si quis praegnantem uxorem reliquit, non videtur sine liberis decessisse. — If a man dies, leaving his wife pregnant, he is considered as having died childless
- Major haereditas venit unicuique nostrum a jure et legibus quam a parentibus. — A greater inheritance comes to each one of us from justice and the laws than from our parents
II index bequest, birth (lineage), birthright, dower, estate (hereditament), hereditament, heritage, legacy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Property received upon the death of a relative due to the laws of descent and distribution.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

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

1 Property received via bequest or intestate succession.
2 The act of receiving such property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Property received from a decedent, either by will or through state laws of intestate succession, where the decedent has failed to execute a valid will.

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

Property received from a decedent, either by will or through state laws of intestate succession, where the decedent has failed to execute a valid will.

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

   whatever one receives upon the death of a relative due to the laws of descent and distribution, when there is no will. However, inheritance has come to mean anything received from the estate of a person who has died, whether by the laws of descent or as a beneficiary of a will or trust.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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