Simple Definition of congenital
: existing since birth
: naturally having a specified character
Full Definition of congenital
1 a : existing at or dating from birth <congenital deafness> b : constituting an essential characteristic : inherent <congenital fear of snakes> c : acquired during development in the uterus and not through heredity <congenital syphilis>
2 : being such by nature <a congenital liar>
Examples of congenital
The irregularity in my backbone is probably congenital.
<a congenital liar who couldn't speak the truth if his life depended on it>
Origin of congenital
Latin congenitus, from com- + genitus, past participle of gignere to bring forth — more at kin
First Known Use: 1796
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