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

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 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, "A Bird’s Stinky Egg Is Actually a Humble Brag," 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, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Ballet," 22 Apr. 2021 Resilience is not an inborn trait, though some people appear better prepared than others. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "11 Key Steps Leaders Can Take To Increase Their Resilience," 19 Mar. 2021 In accompanying documents, Mr. Ross argues that whites share an inborn oppressive streak. Christopher F. Rufo, WSJ, "The Truth About Critical Race Theory," 4 Oct. 2020 And then there’s his inborn ear for every shade of human babble, here a transcendent four-hander, there a screwball travelogue, everywhere argot and idiolect and argument. New York Times, "What if, Instead of the Internet, We Had Xenobots?," 23 Apr. 2020 Same-race recognition isn’t inborn, Eberhardt says. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "Meet the psychologist exploring unconscious bias—and its tragic consequences for society," 26 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of inborn

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2021

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“Inborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inborn. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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inborn

adjective

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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