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inbred

adjective in·bred \ ˈin-ˈbred \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of inbred

1 : rooted and ingrained in one's nature as deeply as if implanted by heredity
  • an inbred love of freedom
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[from past participle of inbreed]
: subjected to or produced by inbreeding

Examples of inbred in a Sentence

  1. They have an inbred love of freedom.

  2. an inbred desire to do good in the world

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First Known Use of inbred

circa 1592

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of inbred

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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inbred

noun in·bred \ ˈin-ˌbred \

Definition of inbred

plural inbreds
: a plant or animal produced by inbreeding
  • It is recommended that only superior horses be used in the practice of inbreeding because inbreds from the same stock will produce an inferior strain if carried on over a prolonged period.
  • —Philip A. Pines
  • The result, he thought, of mating two single crosses would combine the outstanding characteristic of four inbreds rather than two and would take advantage of the high yield of the single-cross seed parent.
  • —William L. Brown

First Known Use of inbred

1882

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

inbred

adjective in·bred \ ˈin-ˈbred \

medical Definition of inbred

: subjected to or produced by inbreeding


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