innate


in·nate

adjective \i-ˈnāt, ˈi-ˌ\

: existing from the time a person or animal is born

: existing as part of the basic nature of something

Full Definition of INNATE

1
:  existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth :  native, inborn <innate behavior>
2
:  belonging to the essential nature of something :  inherent
3
:  originating in or derived from the mind or the constitution of the intellect rather than from experience
in·nate·ly adverb
in·nate·ness noun

Examples of INNATE

  1. She has an innate sense of rhythm.
  2. the innate problems of wireless communication
  3. … the delays innate in both serial and book publication … —Walter Rundell, American Association of University Professors Bulletin, September 1971

Origin of INNATE

Middle English innat, from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci to be born in, from in- + nasci to be born — more at nation
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INNATE

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>.

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with INNATE

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in·nate

adjective \in-ˈāt, ˈin-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INNATE

: existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth : native, inborn <innate behavior>
in·nate·ly adverb
in·nate·ness noun

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