Why Multiple Inheritance is discouraged?

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Why Multiple Inheritance is discouraged?

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Hi Guys,
This is Sathish Again,Today we will discuss why most of the higher languages eliminates Multiple Inheritance?
Most of you guys already know that multiple inheritance is not available for development but what you might not know is the reason as why it is not possible. First of all,we will revisit few basics of inheritance.

What is Inheritance?

Wikipedia says “In object-oriented programming (OOP), inheritance is a way to reuse code of existing objects, or to establish a subtype from an existing object, or both, depending upon programming language support.”

In simple words, Inheritance forces reusability where a class reuses the functionality of another class by inheriting all its traits.We can take an example to understand more:

In real life, We inherit some of our behavior from our parents,so we can deduce our parents as Base class,and ourselves as Derived class.

What are the types of Inheritance?

Single Level Inheritance:

It is the basic type of Inheritance where child class B inherits/extends the behavior of a base class A.

For ex: We can have a child class like TV which extends base class like Electronics.


Multi Level Inheritance:

Here, Single inheritance is captured at different levels and called as multi-level inheritance. We have a derived class C which extends class B, which is a child class of base class A.

For ex: Can we say Ipad extends Laptop and Laptop extends Desktop?


Multiple Inheritance:

The concept of multiple inheritance is a derived class C extends more than one base class like class A and Class B. Multiple inheritance is not supported by many languages and can be achieved by using interfaces.

For ex: Child extends behavior of Father and Mother.

multiple inheritance

Now we will move to our basic question,
Consider the c++ program mentioned below , where I have created 3 classes,Two of them are base class and third one is the derived class,

  • Base1 and Base2 are Base classes
  • Derive is the Derived class

/*Program about multiple inheritance */

class Base1 {
public :
void Display() {
cout<<"We are in Base class1 " ;
} ;
class Base2 {
public :
void Display() {
cout<<"We are in Base class2 " ;
} ;

class Derive :public Base1,public Base2 {

} ;

If we focus on Base1 and Base2, then it is clearly visible that,

  • Base1 class has a method called Display
  • Base2 class also has a method called Display,

We extend these base classes with our derived class.

Let’s move forward and create an instance of derived class,

int main () {

Derive d;
return 0 ;

When we call the Display method,then the compiler won’t understand which Display method to call,whether from class A or from class B . This leads to ambiguity ,which is the reason why multiple inheritance is not supported in many higher languages.
But It can be achieved through interfaces that I will explain it on next Article,
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Author: Sathish

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  1. nice superb explaination

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  2. thanks for the tutorial
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