- existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.
- inherent in the essential character of something: an innate defect in the hypothesis.
- 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 of innate
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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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Examples from the Web for innately
But Diana died, and her sons—understandably, given the ruthless focus on her—innately distrust the media.
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Nor stinted aught with larger fate, For that she was innately great.
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The man who cannot revere what is noble is innately degraded.Talks on the study of literature.
- existing in a person or animal from birth; congenital; inborn
- being an essential part of the character of a person or thing
- instinctive; not learnedinnate capacities
- botany (of anthers) joined to the filament by the base only
- (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
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Word Origin and History for innately
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Possessed at birth; inborn.
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