#752 – C# Does Not Support Multiple Inheritance

Some other object-oriented languages, like C++ and Python, support multiple inheritance.  Multiple inheritance allows a class to inherit data and behavior from more than one parent class.

C#, on the other hand, does not support multiple inheritance.  Every class inherits from exactly one class.  Multiple inheritance can lead to certain problems in object-oriented languages.  (E.g. the “diamond problem“).  C# avoids these problems by supporting only single inheritance.

While a class in C# can only inherit from a single base class, it can implement a number of different interfaces.


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