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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of it might be inborn biology, drawn from genetics or age. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 For that matter, Baranski works wonders at conveying the inborn disdain Agnes has for people like the Russells, even when the scripts portray them as more or less the same. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2022 This vulnerability is not necessarily inborn, but may result from traumatic experience. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2020 There’s an inborn scrappiness to Beard, the 48-year old Texas basketball coach, and Ramey, the 22-year-old Texas guard. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Ministers in Emerson’s circles espoused inborn goodness and a knowledge of God at birth. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 But egg complexion is usually an inborn trait; hoopoes are unusual in their ability to alter those hues after the shell’s taken shape. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 Because of some inborn lack—of will, of understanding, of discipline—people of color will never fully obey, never properly assimilate, never be redeemed by whiteness. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, 22 Apr. 2021 Resilience is not an inborn trait, though some people appear better prepared than others. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inborn

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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