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inherent (adj) forming a natural part.

A quality or a feature that is inherent in something is a natural or basic part of it and so cannot be removed or separated from it. Violence to some degree or the other is inherent in human beings. That is, human beings, by nature, have violence in them and it cannot be separated from them or removed from them. The inherent laziness of a person is laziness inborn in them. A lack of discipline is inherent in a democracy but that is the best system we have. This means that democracy, by its nature, ensures freedom to people and they tend to misuse it, but still democracy is the best form of government. The inherent defect of a machine is basic to it, and so it cannot be corrected.

  • The inherent weakness of all the machines used in industry is that they cause pollution. You cannot have a machine using gas or electricity and at the same time not causing pollution.
  • The defect inherent in any socialist system of government is that it limits the freedom of the individual, as it considers the society more important than the individual.
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