inborn

adjective
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

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She has an inborn talent for music. That kind of knowledge is acquired, not inborn.
Recent Examples on the Web Making no attempt to disguise how slender and boyish Hal is, Chalamet effortlessly conveys the air of inborn command that hangs around the heir to the throne no matter how young and dissolute. Kenneth Turan, chicagotribune.com, "‘The King’ review: Timothee Chalamet takes Shakespeare once more into the breach," 19 Oct. 2019 Making no attempt to disguise how slender and boyish Hal is, Chalamet effortlessly conveys the air of inborn command that hangs around the heir to the throne no matter how young and dissolute. Kenneth Turan, chicagotribune.com, "‘The King’ review: Timothee Chalamet takes Shakespeare once more into the breach," 19 Oct. 2019 Conservatives observing the ongoing exchange between the pair ought to think strategically, put aside our inborn suspicion of Zuckerberg and his ilk, and ready ourselves to profit from the fight. Graham Hillard, National Review, "Warren Would Break Up Big Tech. Conservatives, Make Your Pitch.," 8 Oct. 2019 Norman brought to bear an inborn authority, which had the effect of reconfiguring the racial tensions surrounding Wagner’s music. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Shimmering Magnificence of Jessye Norman," 3 Oct. 2019 That, Hall thinks, is the real nutrition mystery: What factors, for some people, might be acting to override the body’s inborn satiety mechanisms that otherwise keep our eating in check? Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, "A New Theory of Obesity," 25 Sep. 2019 But they’re often treated like inborn traits, skills more likely to be won in a genetic lottery than cultivated in a classroom. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Fordham University business students have a new tool to prepare them for boardrooms: virtual reality.," 12 Nov. 2019 The convert is taken first by impulse, the inborn instinct toward the supernatural, the soul’s longing for purpose. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Kanye West’s Reactionary Turn Isn’t Just an Act," 4 Nov. 2019 Over the course of eight half-hour episodes, a more tantalizing possibility unfolds: What if Alma has an inborn ability to manipulate time? Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "New Shows Put Women at Center of the Male-Dominated Fantasy Genre," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of inborn

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inborn. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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inborn

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English Language Learners Definition of inborn

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

inborn

adjective
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.

inborn

adjective
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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