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hereditary

1. of, relating to, or denoting factors that can be transmitted genetically from one generation to another
2. Law
a. descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance
b. transmitted or transmissible according to established rules of descent
3. Maths Logic
a. (of a set) containing all those elements which have a given relation to any element of the set
b. (of a property) transferred by the given relation, so that if x has the property P and xRy, then y also has the property P
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There was also a strong concern with stressing to the teacher the importance of promoting lectures to show the class the need to avoid "[...] unhealthy contacts [...]" and the "[...] terrors of a morbid hereditariness".