- existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.
- inherent in the essential character of something: an innate defect in the hypothesis.
- originating in or arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of good and evil.
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Examples from the Web for innate
Now, 42 percent believe that it is innate and 37 percent hold that it is environmental—hardly a massive shift in popular opinion.The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’
November 20, 2014
“Kit has an innate confidence and projects a playfully rebellious nature,” the brand's creative director, Sandra Choi, said.Beyonce Named Most Powerful Celebrity; Kanye West is Back at A.P.C.
The Fashion Beast Team
July 1, 2014
These approaches are critical as they strive to fix the innate issue: spinal cord damage.The Bionic Exoskeleton Helping Paraplegics Walk
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
June 29, 2014
The willing masochism of being an England supporter is innate.England Eliminated From World Cup 2014: The ‘Years of Hurt’ Continue
June 20, 2014
You could hear White's innate pop orientation at the Fonda show as well.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
I suppose he has no innate objection to live occasionally in a city?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The mind is formed not by its innate powers, but by its governing desires.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
And is virtue in your opinion, Prodicus, innate or acquired by instruction?Eryxias
An Imitator of Plato
One must have seen his innate splendour, one must have known him before—looked at him then.Tales of Unrest
Don't fancy that they have any innate pleasure in harsh measures.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
- existing in a person or animal from birth; congenital; inborn
- being an essential part of the character of a person or thing
- instinctive; not learnedinnate capacities
- botany (of anthers) joined to the filament by the base only
- (in rationalist philosophy) (of ideas) present in the mind before any experience and knowable by pure reason
Word Origin and History for innate
- Possessed at birth; inborn.