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.
- in·nate·ly, adverb
- in·nate·ness, noun
- un·in·nate, adjective
- un·in·nate·ness, noun
- inchoate, innate
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How to use innate in a sentence
Mouse organs sent to space also had higher levels of RNAs that play a role in the body’s innate immunity.Space travel may harm health by damaging cells’ powerhouses | Jack J. Lee | February 5, 2021 | Science News For Students
I have always had this innate passion for helping others, and that along with my entrepreneurial spirit, I knew I wanted to do something good for motherhood.The future of maternity workwear is all in the details | Rachel King | January 31, 2021 | Fortune
There's an innate immune response that is triggered when cells sense they're infected.The persistence of memory in B cells: Hints of stability in COVID immunity | John Timmer | January 20, 2021 | Ars Technica
When animals are routinely attracted to humans and their food, they often become habituated to human presence, meaning they lose their innate fear of us.Once you know what happens to food you leave outdoors, you’ll stop doing it | Alisha McDarris | January 14, 2021 | Popular-Science
When Lohmann dropped newly hatched turtles into these conditions, they swam into the waves, just as their innate programming instructed them to—and as a result, they went the wrong way.How Sea Turtles Find Their Way - Issue 94: Evolving | Jason G. Goldman | December 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Now, 42 percent believe that it is innate and 37 percent hold that it is environmental—hardly a massive shift in popular opinion.
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
These approaches are critical as they strive to fix the innate issue: spinal cord damage.
The willing masochism of being an England supporter is innate.England Eliminated From World Cup 2014: The ‘Years of Hurt’ Continue | Tim Teeman | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You could hear White's innate pop orientation at the Fonda show as well.
She is always attired in black, and is utterly careless in dress, yet nothing can conceal her innate elegance of figure.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He had the innate slant of mind that properly belongs to a moderator of mass meetings called to aggravate a crisis.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
But Weirmarsh, with his innate cunning, presented to him a picture of exposure and degradation which held him horrified.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
But it was his kindliness of heart, and above all his innate sense of humour, which appealed most to Peter Ilich.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Herein Queeker exhibited the innate tendency of the human heart to deceive itself.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for innate
existing in a person or animal from birth; congenital; inborn
being an essential part of the character of a person or thing
instinctive; not learned: innate 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
- innately, adverb
- innateness, noun
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