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innate

[ih-neyt, in-eyt] /ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
innately, adverb
innateness, noun
uninnate, adjective
uninnately, adverb
uninnateness, noun
Can be confused
inchoate, innate (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for innateness

innate

/ɪˈneɪt; ˈɪneɪt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
innately, adverb
innateness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, from innascī to be born in, from nascī to be born
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Word Origin and History for innateness

innate

adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin innatus "inborn," past participle of innasci "to be born in, originate in," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Related: Innately.

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innateness in Medicine

innate in·nate (ĭ-nāt', ĭn'āt')
adj.
Possessed at birth; inborn.


in·nate'ness n.
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