I am wondering what "inherited wisdom" means.

Furthermore, it would be appreciated if someone please provide a definite synonym for it.


"Wisdom" = "knowledge" or "way of thinking about {something | things}"
"Inherited" = "passed down from one's predecessors (especially ancestors)"

In this case, the "inheritance" is usually "passed down" by people telling stories while they are alive, not by bequeathing books as part of a dead person's will.

Depending on the context, the information could be passed down within a family, within a village or tribe, or within a company (from more experienced co-workers to less experienced co-workers).

Some possible synonyms:

Lore passed down from one's ancestors.
Old-fashioned advice.
Plain old common sense.
Tribal lore.

An example:

  • The hadiths are a collection of "inherited wisdom" in Muslim societies.
|improve this answer|||||

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.