innate

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adjective in·nate \i-ˈnāt, ˈi-ˌ\

Definition of innate

  1. 1 :  existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth :  native, inborn <innate behavior>

  2. 2 :  belonging to the essential nature of something :  inherent

  3. 3 :  originating in or derived from the mind or the constitution of the intellect rather than from experience

innately

adverb

innateness

noun

Examples of innate in a sentence

  1. … the delays innate in both serial and book publication … —Walter Rundell, American Association of University Professors Bulletin, September 1971

  2. … the materials for conflict are innate to social life. —Richard Sennett, Psychology Today, November 1970

  3. The faculty for myth is innate in the human race. —W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919

  4. She has an innate sense of rhythm.

  5. the innate problems of wireless communication

Origin and Etymology of innate

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


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of innate

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>.

INNATE Defined for English Language Learners

innate

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adjective in·nate \i-ˈnāt, ˈi-ˌ\

Definition of innate for English Language Learners

  • : existing from the time a person or animal is born

  • : existing as part of the basic nature of something


Medical Dictionary

innate

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adjective in·nate \in-ˈāt, ˈin-ˌ\

Medical Definition of innate

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

innately

adverb

innateness

noun


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