innate

adjective
in·​nate | \ i-ˈnāt How to pronounce innate (audio) , ˈi-ˌnāt \

Definition of innate

1 : existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth : native, inborn innate behavior
2 : belonging to the essential nature of something : inherent
3 : originating in or derived from the mind or the constitution of the intellect rather than from experience

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innately adverb
innateness noun

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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 innate in a Sentence

… the delays innate in both serial and book publication … — Walter Rundell, American Association of University Professors Bulletin, September 1971 … the materials for conflict are innate to social life. — Richard Sennett, Psychology Today, November 1970 The faculty for myth is innate in the human race. — W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919 She has an innate sense of rhythm. the innate problems of wireless communication
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Recent Examples on the Web Take this quick quiz and tally how many of the following traits align with your innate abilities and interests. Nj Falk, Forbes, 13 May 2021 In addition, babies have an innate preference for such talk. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 3 June 2021 While dogs can eventually learn to listen to their owners, some pups seem to be born with an innate ability to understand humans, research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology suggests. NBC News, 3 June 2021 Judged solely on their innate merits, each of the four concepts should stand an excellent chance of winning. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 Because to be Jamaican is to possess an innate confidence and pride that has nothing to do with your station in life. Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2021 Anjana Vasan is a particular delight, with an innate understanding of how to get laughs just from small changes of expression, intonation, and posture. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 Successful New York City designer Christopher Slowinski, Founder of , has created a jewelry empire that was born from his innate talent and will to be the best in the business. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 1 June 2021 At a time when Americans find themselves in a continual state of disagreement, Parton retains an innate ability to bridge divides among seemingly disparate communities. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of innate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for innate

Middle English innat, from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci to be born in, from in- + nasci to be born — more at nation

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“Innate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innate. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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innate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of innate

: existing from the time a person or animal is born
: existing as part of the basic nature of something

innate

adjective
in·​nate | \ in-ˈāt, ˈin-ˌ How to pronounce innate (audio) \

Medical Definition of innate

: existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth : native, inborn innate behavior

Other Words from innate

innately adverb
innateness noun

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