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inbred

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adjective in·bred \ˈin-ˈbred\

Simple Definition of inbred

  • : existing as a basic part of a person's nature or character

  • : born from or produced by animals, plants, or people that are closely related : produced by inbreeding

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inbred

  1. 1 :  rooted and ingrained in one's nature as deeply as if implanted by heredity <an inbred love of freedom>

  2. 2 [from past participle of inbreed] :  subjected to or produced by inbreeding

inbred

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Examples of inbred in a sentence

  1. They have an inbred love of freedom.

  2. <an inbred desire to do good in the world>



Circa 1592

First Known Use of inbred

circa 1592

Synonym Discussion of inbred

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>.

Rhymes with inbred

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Medical Dictionary

inbred

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adjective in·bred \ˈin-ˈbred\

Medical Definition of inbred

  1. :  subjected to or produced by inbreeding





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