- existing in a person or thing from birth or origin; inborn: a connate sense of right and wrong.
- associated in birth or origin.
- allied or agreeing in nature; cognate.
- Anatomy. firmly united; fused.
- Botany. congenitally joined, as leaves.
- Geology. trapped in sediment at the time the sediment was deposited: connate water.
Origin of connate
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Related Wordsagnate, akin, cognate, consanguine, consanguineous, kin, kindred, consanguineal, built-in, congenital, connatural, hereditary, inborn, inbred, ingrained, inherent, inherited, native, natural
Examples from the Web for connate
In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each fortune's connate with the gazer's star, And tinted as she dreams.The Mortal Gods and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
Connate, united or grown together from the first formation, 96.
Connate-perfoliate, when a pair of leaves are connate round a stem, 60.
Their knowledge is connate and is called instinct; but it belongs to the natural love in which they are.
- existing in a person or thing from birth; congenital or innate
- allied or associated in nature or origin; cognateconnate qualities
- Also called: coadunate biology (of similar parts or organs) closely joined or united together by growth
- geology (of fluids) produced or originating at the same time as the rocks surrounding themconnate water
C17: from Late Latin connātus born at the same time, from Latin nātus, from nāscī to be born
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Word Origin and History for connate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Botany Joined with a part or organ of the same kind, as leaves that are joined at the base. Compare adnate.
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