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 in a sentence
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
Synonym Discussion of congenital
Medical Definition of congenital
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up congenital? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).