Change "inherent" to "potential". Does that sound more scientific? Synonyms for potential ; adj promising hidden likely possible probable buddings future abeyant conceivable dormant embryonic imaginables implied inherent latent lurking plausible prepatent quiescent thinkable undeveloped unrealized within realm of possibility There is the list of synonyms. Take your pick. Oh, I personally came up with the analogy; potential = that which may become reality. But of course it is possible that I read that somewhere else and just don't remember.