heritage

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it is quite confusing as to where does this word fit. according to the dictionary it could be inheritance, hereditary, etc. how can i best use this word in a conversation and to what exactly am i referring to.

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updated AGO 1, 2008
posted by doris2

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Hi Vernic! I think your first word should be inheritance.

Patrimony is, by the way, a pretty uncommon word in English. In fact, I had to look it up on dictionary.com and this is what came up:

pat·ri·mo·ny
'noun, plural -nies.
1. an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
2. any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
3. the aggregate of one's property.
4. the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.

When I've heard this word ("patrimony"), it's always been with meaning # 4.

An inheritance can be material goods, but not necessarily. Hereditary is an adjective and as such, the definition above does not make sense to me. For example: Sickle-cell anemia is a hereditary disease. Did you mean heredity?

The definition of Heritage is great!!!

updated AGO 1, 2008
posted by Natasha
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Heritance/ Patrimony/assets = patrimonio/bienes materiales.

Heritage= Patrimony with no material value but moral, cultural or sentimental.

Hereditary= the patrimony or assets that can be object of possession or transference.

updated AGO 1, 2008
posted by Vernic
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thank you - I got the idea.

updated AGO 1, 2008
posted by doris2
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The word "heritage" carries a very positive connotation in most instances. For example:

--One of my ancestors fought for our Independence in the Revolutionary War, and I consider that part of my heritage as an American. (Sorry, all you Brits out there!)
--Many Polish people are very proud of their Catholic heritage.
--She researched her genealogy to find out more about her ethnic heritage.

Beyond that, you need to provide more context. Some example sentences of what you want to say would help.

updated AGO 1, 2008
posted by Natasha