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  1. existing in a person or thing from birth or origin; inborn: a connate sense of right and wrong.
  2. associated in birth or origin.
  3. allied or agreeing in nature; cognate.
  4. Anatomy. firmly united; fused.
  5. Botany. congenitally joined, as leaves.
  6. Geology. trapped in sediment at the time the sediment was deposited: connate water.
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Origin of connate

1635–45; < Late Latin connātus (past participle of connāscī to be born at the same time with), equivalent to Latin con- con- + nā- (short stem of nāscī) + -tus past participle suffix (see nascent)
Related formscon·nate·ly, adverbcon·nate·ness, nouncon·na·tion [kuh-ney-shuh n] /kəˈneɪ ʃən/, nounsub·con·nate, adjectivesub·con·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for connate


  1. existing in a person or thing from birth; congenital or innate
  2. allied or associated in nature or origin; cognateconnate qualities
  3. Also called: coadunate biology (of similar parts or organs) closely joined or united together by growth
  4. geology (of fluids) produced or originating at the same time as the rocks surrounding themconnate water
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Derived Formsconnately, adverbconnateness, noun

Word Origin

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


1640s, from Late Latin connatus "born together, twins," past participle of connasci "to be born together," from com- "together" (see com-) + nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Related: Connation.

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connate in Science


[kŏnāt′, kŏ-nāt]
  1. 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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