[ kon-eyt ]
/ ˈkɒn eɪt /


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

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for connate


/ (ˈkɒneɪt) /


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

Derived Forms

connately, adverbconnateness, noun

Word Origin for connate

C17: from Late Latin connātus born at the same time, from Latin nātus, from nāscī to be born
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Science definitions for connate


[ kŏnāt′, kŏ-nāt ]

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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