innate

[ih-neyt, in-eyt]
adjective
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 the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of good and evil.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin innātus inborn, past participle of innāscī to be born, arise, equivalent to in- in-2 + nāscī to be born; cf. nascent, nativity

innately, adverb
innateness, noun
uninnate, adjective
uninnately, adverb
uninnateness, noun

inchoate, innate (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. natural, congenital. Innate, inborn, congenital, hereditary describe qualities, characteristics, or possessions acquired before or at the time of birth. Innate of Latin origin, and inborn a native English word, share the literal basic sense “existing at the time of birth,” and they are interchangeable in most contexts: innate (or inborn ) stodginess, agility, gracefulness. Congenital refers most often to characteristics acquired during fetal development, especially defects or undesirable conditions: a congenital deformity; congenital blindness. Hereditary describes qualities or things passed on from ancestors, either through the genes or by social or legal means: Hemophilia is a hereditary condition; a hereditary title.
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innate (ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪneɪt)
 
adj
1.  existing in a person or animal from birth; congenital; inborn
2.  being an essential part of the character of a person or thing
3.  instinctive; not learned: innate capacities
4.  botany (of anthers) joined to the filament by the base only
5.  (in rationalist philosophy) (of ideas) present in the mind before any experience and knowable by pure reason
 
[C15: from Latin, from innascī to be born in, from nascī to be born]
 
in'nately
 
adv
 
in'nateness
 
n

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innate
c.1412, from L. innatus "inborn," pp. of innasci "to be born in, originate in," from in- "in" + nasci "to be born" (Old L. gnasci; see genus).
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innate in·nate (ĭ-nāt', ĭn'āt')
adj.
Possessed at birth; inborn.


in·nate'ness n.
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Example sentences
People can surprise you for the better, everyday good deeds are proof that
  people can be innately good.
Now it seems to me that she makes an effort, especially given how little she is
  innately interested in kids.
Wire vt: to predispose, determine, or establish genetically or innately.
They are innately aware of a higher calling that is no laughing matter.
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