Synonyms & Antonyms of inborn

1 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • an inborn talent for dancing

Synonyms for inborn

Words Related to inborn

Phrases Synonymous with inborn

Near Antonyms for inborn

Antonyms for inborn

2 genetically passed or capable of being passed from parent to offspring
  • certain instincts are inborn in mice

Synonyms for inborn

Words Related to inborn

Near Antonyms for inborn

Antonyms for inborn

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About inborn

How is the word inborn different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of inborn are congenital, hereditary, inbred, and innate. While all these words mean "not acquired after birth," 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

How do congenital and hereditary relate to one another, in the sense of inborn?

Both 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

When can inbred be used instead of inborn?

The words inbred and inborn are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

In what contexts can innate take the place of inborn?

The synonyms innate and inborn are sometimes interchangeable, but innate applies to qualities or characteristics that are part of one's inner essential nature.

an innate sense of fair play

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inborn

Time Traveler for inborn

Time Traveler

The first known use of inborn was in 1513

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Inborn.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on inborn

Dictionary: Definition of inborn

Medical Dictionary: Definition of inborn

Nglish: Translation of inborn for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of inborn for Arabic Speakers

Comments on inborn

What made you want to look up inborn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!