in·​born | \ ˈin-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce inborn (audio) \

Definition of inborn

1 : present from or as if from birth

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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

Examples of inborn in a Sentence

She has an inborn talent for music. That kind of knowledge is acquired, not inborn.

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That willingness to interact peacefully with others, even strangers, is inborn. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 Varicose veins result from inborn vein characteristics, not leg position. New York Times, "A Small Price for Sitting Pretty," 15 June 2018 Chloe might not master sarcasm until her teen years, but her inborn knack for language is already clear. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child," 24 May 2018 This is important, since humans have an inborn hunger for good stories. Diane Stopyra, The Cut, "I’m Obsessed With Reading Strangers’ Obituaries," 30 Apr. 2018 Yet our inborn numerosity hardly guarantees mathematical proficiency, and can sometimes work against us. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You," 5 Feb. 2018 Those that ran the farthest before tiring were subsequently mated with one another, while those that pooped out early likewise were paired up, until, ultimately, the pups displayed a large difference in inborn fitness. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Fitness May Lower Breast Cancer Risk," 6 Sep. 2017 Whether the yearning is inborn or divinely inspired, most of us today, about 84 percent of the 7.3 billion people on earth, are affiliated with a religion, according to the Pew Research Center. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 30 Sep. 2017 Hedy's fascination with invention was very inborn Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Why Hedy Lamarr Was Hollywood’s Secret Weapon," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of inborn

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inborn

: existing from the time someone is born : natural or instinctive


in·​born | \ ˈin-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce inborn (audio) \

Kids Definition of inborn

: existing from the time someone is born : natural or instinctive She has an inborn talent for music.


in·​born | \ ˈin-ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce inborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of inborn

: hereditary, inherited inborn errors of metabolism

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