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Origin of inbred

First recorded in 1585–95; past participle of inbreed

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[in-breed, in-breed]
verb (used with object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to breed (individuals of a closely related group) repeatedly.
  2. to breed within; engender.
verb (used without object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to engage in or undergo inbreeding.

Origin of inbreed

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. produced as a result of inbreeding
  2. deeply ingrained; innateinbred good manners


verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred
  1. to breed from unions between closely related individuals, esp over several generations
  2. (tr) to develop within; engender
Derived Formsinbreeding, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for inbred

1590s, "native," also "inherent by nature," from in + bred. The genetic sense is from 1892 (cf. inbreeding).

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inbred in Medicine


  1. Produced by inbreeding.
  2. Fixed in the character or disposition as if inherited; deep-seated.
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