hardwired

adjective
hard·​wired | \ ˈhärd-ˌwī(-ə)rd How to pronounce hardwired (audio) \

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

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a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves
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First Known Use of hardwired

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hardwired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardwired. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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hardwired

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hardwired

: having permanent electronic circuits and connections

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