inbred

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adjective

in·​bred ˈin-ˈbred How to pronounce inbred (audio)
1
: rooted and ingrained in one's nature as deeply as if implanted by heredity
an inbred love of freedom
2
[from past participle of inbreed] : subjected to or produced by inbreeding

inbred

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noun

in·​bred ˈin-ˌbred How to pronounce inbred (audio)
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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

Adjective They have an inbred love of freedom. an inbred desire to do good in the world
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
It’s middle to upper-middle class, but with pockets of inbred poverty. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 13 Oct. 2022 Highly inbred populations are less resilient to environmental stress and changes. Rina Diane Caballar, Ars Technica, 5 Sep. 2022 Other troubling signs: a significant population of juvenile animals or such inbred or hybrid species as white tigers or ligers, a lion crossed with a tiger. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 This Joan is driven to lead men into battle not by the voices of saints nor a particular fealty to the French monarchy, but by a personal desire for vengeance and an inbred itch for violence. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 So no one doubted Sergei Bobrovsky’s inbred, blue-collar toughness. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 When the microbes were present, the hybrids grew better than an inbred variety, as expected, with roots weighing 20% more. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 Now, the inhabitants are a credulous, inbred bunch, prone to mottled skin, patches of white hair and walking in their sleep. Alissa Simon, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 In the early 20th century, biologists began to apply this effect to agriculture by creating inbred parent lines that yielded hybrid seed. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inbred was circa 1592

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“Inbred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inbred. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

inbred

adjective

in·​bred ˈin-ˈbred How to pronounce inbred (audio)
1
: deeply rooted in a person
an inbred love of freedom
2
: subjected to or produced by inbreeding

Medical Definition

inbred

adjective

in·​bred ˈin-ˈbred How to pronounce inbred (audio)
: subjected to or produced by inbreeding

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