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[in-bawrn] /ˈɪnˈbɔrn/
naturally present at birth; innate.
Origin of inborn
before 1000; Middle English; Old English inboren native, indigenous; see in-1, born
inbred, inherent, natural, native, congenital, inherited, hereditary. See innate.
acquired, learned. Unabridged
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  • The gifts of the youth were brighter and higher; he showed an inborn fitness for the lofty development of free trade.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • But Everard's training of him had suppressed all inborn vivacity.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • This religious conscience has its artistic side; it can clothe its inborn religious instincts in exquisite imaginative vision.

    Browning and His Century Helen Archibald Clarke
  • Familiarity may temper, but inborn human superstition is indestructible.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • The plasticity of the inborn organs of speech is thus in the earliest childhood very great.

  • It takes a man all his inborn strength to fight hunger properly.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • It is something which could not pass to them from another race, like an industrial invention, but was inborn and creative.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • It was an inborn gift and would have characterized him in any condition in life.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
British Dictionary definitions for inborn


existing from birth; congenital; innate
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Word Origin and History for inborn

Old English inboren "native to a place," from in "within" + boren "brought forth" (see born). Of qualities in a person, 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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inborn in Medicine

inborn in·born (ĭn'bôrn')

  1. Possessed by an organism at birth.

  2. Inherited or hereditary.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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