adjective in·born \ˈin-ˈbrn\

: existing from the time someone is born : natural or instinctive

Full Definition of INBORN

:  present from or as if from birth

Examples of INBORN

  1. She has an inborn talent for music.
  2. That kind of knowledge is acquired, not inborn.

First Known Use of INBORN


Synonym Discussion of INBORN

innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, hereditary mean not acquired after birth. innate applies to qualities or characteristics that are part of one's inner essential nature <an innate sense of fair play>. inborn suggests a quality or tendency either actually present at birth or so marked and deep-seated as to seem so <her inborn love of nature>. inbred suggests something either acquired from parents by heredity or so deeply rooted and ingrained as to seem acquired in that way <inbred political loyalties>. congenital and hereditary refer to what is acquired before or at birth, the former to things acquired during fetal development and the latter to things transmitted from one's ancestors <a congenital heart murmur> <eye color is hereditary>.
INBORN Defined for Kids


adjective in·born \ˈin-ˈbrn\

Definition of INBORN for Kids

:  existing from the time someone is born :  natural or instinctive <She has an inborn talent for music.>
Medical Dictionary


adjective in·born \ˈin-ˈb(ə)rn\

Medical Definition of INBORN

:  hereditary, inherited <inborn errors of metabolism>


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