inborn

adjective in·born \ ˈin-ˈbȯrn \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of inborn

1 : present from or as if from birth

Examples of inborn in a Sentence

  1. She has an inborn talent for music.

  2. That kind of knowledge is acquired, not inborn.

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First Known Use of inborn

1513

Synonym Discussion of inborn

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

INBORN Defined for English Language Learners

inborn

adjective

Definition of inborn for English Language Learners

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


INBORN Defined for Kids

inborn

adjective in·born \ ˈin-ˈbȯrn \

Definition of inborn for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

inborn

adjective in·born \ ˈin-ˈbȯ(ə)rn \

medical Definition of inborn

: hereditary, inherited
  • inborn errors of metabolism


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