Antonyms for heredity

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By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.

We see that the heredity relation is an extremely complex affair.

Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.

I agree that a man cannot for long conceal his true nature; we are what we are by heredity.

He was one of those frequent cases which give the lie to the laws of heredity.

There was no link wanting; the chain of heredity, logical and implacable, was unbroken.

It grows out of the biological discussion of instinct, heredity, etc.

It was the success in Composition which tickled his father's pride, for was not this a proof of heredity?

Well, it seems to me that choice has got more right to be respected than heredity or law.

Heredity is the principal organic cause of criminal tendencies.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, from Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) "heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir, heiress," from PIE root *ghe- "to be empty, left behind" (cf. Greek khera "widow"). Legal sense of "inheritable quality or character" first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.

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