hardwired

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adjective hard·wired \ ˈhärd-ˌwī(-ə)rd \

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

  1. a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves

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First Known Use of hardwired

1965


HARDWIRED Defined for English Language Learners

hardwired

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Definition of hardwired for English Language Learners

  • : having permanent electronic circuits and connections



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