[ kon-eyt ]
/ ˈkɒn eɪt /
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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.
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Origin of connate
OTHER WORDS FROM connate
con·nate·ly, adverbcon·nate·ness, nouncon·na·tion [kuh-ney-shuhn], /kəˈneɪ ʃən/, nounsub·con·nate, adjective
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How to use connate in a sentence
The cup in question would thus seem to have been formed from the connation of two stipules which are ordinarily abortive.
The condition in question is often loosely confounded with connation, or the union of two leaves by their bases.
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 of connateconnately, 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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Scientific definitions for connate
[ kŏn′āt′, 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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