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inheritance

noun
     
in‧her‧i‧tance
1 [uncountable and countable]BF money, property etc that you receive from someone who has died:
Lucinda has to fight for her life and her inheritance in this gripping novel.
2 [uncountable] physical or mental qualities that you inherit from your family:
Our genetic inheritance cannot be changed.
3 [uncountable] ideas, skills, literature etc from the past that influence people in the present:
ideas that have become part of our cultural inheritance

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