Definition of hardwired
1 : implemented in the form of permanent electronic circuits; also : connected or incorporated by or as if by permanent electrical connections a hardwired phone concepts of attractiveness may be universal and hardwired into the human brain — Jane E. Brody
2 : genetically or innately determined : inborn creature whose every action is a reflexive, hardwired response — Natalie Angier; also : genetically or innately predisposed a human being who is hardwired to be sociable — Forbes
Examples of hardwired in a Sentence
a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves
Recent Examples of hardwired from the Web
My tardiness stemmed from kidly shame, that universally hardwired capacity to negate anything if enough people your size tease you about it for long enough.
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Definition of hardwired for English Language Learners
: having permanent electronic circuits and connections
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