adjective Etymology: Middle English innat, from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci to be born in, from in- + nasci to be born — more at nation Date: 15th century 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 • innately adverbinnateness noun Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • innate — innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, hereditary, inherited are comparable but not wholly synonymous terms that refer to qualities which either are or seem to be derived from one s inheritance or from conditions attending one s birth or origin.… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Innate — In nate ([i^]n n[asl]t or [i^]n*n[=a]t ; 277), a. [L. innatus; pref. in in + natus born, p. p. of nasci to be born. See {Native}.] 1. Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metaph.) Originating in, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • innate — [i nāt′, in′āt΄] adj. [L innatus, pp. of innasci, to be born in, originate in < in , in + nasci, to be born: see NATURE] 1. a) existing naturally rather than acquired; that seems to have been in one from birth [innate talent] b) existing as an …   English World dictionary

  • Innate — In*nate , v. t. To cause to exit; to call into being. [Obs.] The first innating cause. Marston. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • innate — innate. См. врожденный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • innate — innate. = congenital (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • innate — I adjective basic, congenital, constitutional, derived from within, essential, existing from birth, fundamental, hereditary, immanent, inborn, inbred, indigenous, infixed, ingrained, inherent, inherited, innatus, insitus, instinctive, intrinsic,… …   Law dictionary

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  • innate — [adj] inherited, native congenital, connate, connatural, constitutional, deep seated, elemental, essential, hereditary, inborn, inbred, indigenous, ingrained, inherent, instinctive, intrinsic, intuitive, natural, normal, regular, standard,… …   New thesaurus

  • innate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inborn; natural. DERIVATIVES innately adverb innateness noun. ORIGIN Latin innatus, from innasci be born into …   English terms dictionary

  • innate — innately, adv. innateness, n. /i nayt , in ayt/, adj. 1. existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent. 2. inherent in the essential character of something: an innate defect in the hypothesis. 3. originating in or arising from …   Universalium

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