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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•nate*ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt(adj.)

  1. existing in one from birth; inborn; native:

    innate talents.

  2. inherent in the character of something:

    an innate defect in the hypothesis.

  3. arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience:

    an innate knowledge of good and evil.

* Syn: innate , inborn , congenital , hereditary describe qualities, characteristics, or possessions acquired before or at the time of birth. innate , of Latin origin, and inborn , a native English word, share the literal basic sense “existing at the time of birth,” and they are interchangeable in most contexts: innate (or inborn) stodginess, strength, abilities.congenital refers most often to characteristics acquired during fetal development, esp. defects or undesirable conditions: a congenital deformity; congenital blindness.hereditary describes qualities or things passed on from ancestors, either through the genes or by social or legal means: Hemophilia is a hereditary condition; a hereditary title.

Origin of innate:

1375–1425; late ME < L innātus inborn, ptp. of innāsci to be born, arise =in-in-2+nāsci to be born


Princeton's WordNet

  1. unconditioned, innate, unlearned(adj)

    not established by conditioning or learning

    "an unconditioned reflex"

  2. natural, born(p), innate(p)(adj)

    being talented through inherited qualities

    "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent"

  3. congenital, inborn, innate(adj)

    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. innate(adjective)ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt

    (of a personal quality) occurring naturally, not learned

    her innate friendliness/curiosity/generosity; an innately fair and decent man


  1. innate(Verb)

    To cause to exist; to call into being.

  2. innate(Adjective)

    Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.

  3. innate(Adjective)

    Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See a priori, intuitive.

  4. innate(Adjective)

    Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.

  5. Origin: From innatus, perfect active participle of innascor, from in + nascor; see natal, native.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innate(adj)

    inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence

  2. Innate(adj)

    originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori, Intuitive

  3. Innate(adj)

    joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther

  4. Innate(verb)

    to cause to exit; to call into being


  1. Intrinsic and extrinsic properties

    An intrinsic property is a property of a system or of a material itself or within. It is independent of how much of the material is present and is independent of the form of the material, e.g., one large piece or a collection of small particles. Intrinsic properties are dependent mainly on the chemical composition or structure of the material. A property that is not essential or inherent is called an extrinsic property. For example, density is a physical intrinsic property of any physical object, whereas weight is an extrinsic property that varies depending on the strength of the gravitational field in which the respective object is placed. In biology, intrinsic effects originate from inside an organism or cell, such as an autoimmune disease or intrinsic immunity.


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