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Inherent Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    inherent adj
  1. existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity"; "a constitutional inability to tell the truth" [syn: built-in, constitutional, inbuilt, integral]
  2. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development [syn: congenital, inborn, innate]
  3. in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning" [syn: implicit in(p), underlying]
Inherent Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Inherent \In*her"ent\, a. [L. inhaerens, -entis, p. pr. of inhaerere: cf. F. inh['e]rent. See Inhere.] Permanently existing in something; inseparably attached or connected; naturally pertaining to; innate; inalienable; as, polarity is an inherent quality of the magnet; the inherent right of men to life, liberty, and protection. ``A most inherent baseness.'' --Shak. The sore disease which seems inherent in civilization. --Southey. Syn: Innate; inborn; native; natural; inbred; inwrought; inseparable; essential; indispensable.
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Inherence refers to Empedocles' idea that the qualities of matter come from the relative proportions of each of the four elements entering into a thing. The idea was further developed by Plato and Aristotle.

That Plato accepted (or at least did not reject) Empedocles' claim can be seen in the Timaeus. However, he applied it also to cover the presence of form in matter. The form was an active principle. Matter, on the other hand is passive, being a mere possibility that the forms bring to life.

Aristotle clearly accepted Empedocles' claim , but he rejected Plato's idea of the forms. According to Aristotle, the accidents of a substance are incorporeal beings which are present in it. "By being 'present in a subject' I do not mean present as parts are present in a whole, but being incapable of existence apart from the said subject." (The Categories 1a 24-26)

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* The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. - Henry David Thoreau

* The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. - Sir Winston Churchill

* We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. - Thomas Jefferson


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