- 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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Historical Examples of innateness
Innateness: no resemblance to her mother or forerunners on the maternal side.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
To deny the innateness of ideas was roundly asserted to be materialism and atheism.Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)
Perhaps some will be surprised that we do not define the apriorist theory by the hypothesis of innateness.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
First, precocity, of which we shall later give numerous examples, and which resembles the innateness of instinct.Essay on the Creative Imagination
Still, recognizing the innateness of the thing, we look upon such conduct as a natural consequence.A Prince of Anahuac
James A. Porter
- 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 for innate
- Possessed at birth; inborn.