Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Of or pertaining to inheritance; inherited. See 131 U. S. 75, 33 L. Ed. 53, 9 Sup. Ct. Rep. 634.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    That which ls the subject of inheritance.
    —Hereditary disease. One transmitted or transmissible from parent to child in consequence of the infection of the former or the presence of the disease in his system, and without exposure of the latter to any fresh source of infection or contagion.
    —Hereditary right to the crown. The crown of England, by the positive constitution of the kingdom, has ever been descendible, and so continues in a course peculiar to itself, yet subject to limitation by parliament; but, notwithstanding such limitation, the crown retnins its descendible quality, and becomes hereditary in the prince to whom it is limited. 1 Bl. Comm. 191.
    —Hereditary succession. Inheritance by law ; title by descent; the title whereby a person, on the death of his ancestor, acquires his estate as his heir at law. Barclay v. Cameron, 25 Tex. 241; In re Donahue's Estate, 36 Cal. 332.